Back to School program supports students

Limestone Coast community foundation Stand Like Stone recently donated 640 vouchers to 40 schools across the Limestone Coast through their Back To School program.

The Back To School program, funded by Foundation for Rural Regional Renewal, supports schools all across the Limestone Coast region. Stand Like Stone Board Chair Robert Mock delivered the $50 vouchers to schools last week.

The foundation’s chief executive Ann Kerr said the Back To School program has helped families and students in need since 2005 and has grown over the years. “$50, for some families, that’s the difference of their kids being able to have new shoes, a new backpack, or clothes,” Ms Kerr said.

“I think every child has the right to go back to school with dignity every year and to fit in and we should do all we can to help people. “And if we can help those families, then we should.”

Stand Like Stone thanked their long-term sponsor Noel Barr Toyota, who lent Robert a Toyota Hilux to deliver the vouchers and hosted an afternoon tea last Monday in their showroom. Eleven of the local schools attended, along with Mount Gambier Mayor Lynette Martin, Grant District Council chief executive Darryl Whicker and Member for Barker Tony Pasin.

Stand Like Stone is a not-for-profit charity which was founded in 2004 and is the only community foundation in the Limestone Coast. It invests donations and all the money earned is redistributed back into the community, keeping it entirely local.

People can get involved by donating towards grants, scholarships, programs or Stand Like Stone at any time.

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