Supermarket giant helps make a difference at local level

Waste management will be enhanced at Newbery Park Primary School in Millicent thanks to a $750 grant from the local Woolworths supermarket. Eco-learning school support officer Angela Jones wrote the successful application for a Woolworths Junior Landcare Grant.

She said the grant will be used to purchase new color-coded food scraps collection bids for each class. “The food scraps are collected each day and they will be diverted to either the composting bins, our worm farm or to our chickens,” Ms Jones said. “The scraps take about 10 weeks to develop into compost and this is the length of a school term. “It is all about reducing the amount of waste going to landfill. “Hopefully, our NPPS students will develop good habits for later life.”

The garden at NPPS was established 14 years ago and Ms Jones has overseen it for the past 12 years. Students are involved in the garden during class time as well as the recess and lunch breaks. “I am here four days a week and the students are welcome in the garden during those breaks,” Ms Jones said. “We eat the food grown in the garden as well as the eggs laid by our chooks.”

The grant was presented at a recent NPPS school assembly by Millicent Woolworths assistant manager Brad Lauterbach and staff members Chloe Dibley and Courtney Pond. It was accepted by NPPS students including Evan Jazepyck and Gemma Salotti. Evan said he enjoys collecting the food scraps from the classes each day and other tasks associated with the garden.

Last month, the native garden at Millicent North Primary School was expanded thanks to a $1500 grant from the Woolworths supermarket in Millicent. As part of its ongoing commitment to a greener future, Woolworths in partnership with Landcare Australia, opened its third round of Woolworths Junior Landcare Grants earlier this year.

Open to primary schools and early learning centres across Australia, Woolworths Junior Landcare Grants aim to inspire kids with hands-on projects focusing on sustainable food production, improving waste management practices and enhancing native habitats.

Woolworths generously funded 1609 Australian primary schools and early learning centres with grants of up to $1000, with 1021 of them also receiving up to $500 for a bee bonus. This is the largest number of Junior Landcare Grants ever given out in a single round. Combined with the 2018 and 2019 grant rounds, a total of 2724 schools and early learning centres across the country have received Woolworths Junior Landcare Grants.

This means that more than 200,000 Australian students are getting hands-on in caring for the environment, helping grow the next generation of environmental champions. The Woolworths Junior Landcare Grants program is funded with a 10c contribution from each sale of the Woolworths Bag for Good at full price.

Bag for Good was launched in 2018 when Woolworths went single-use plastic bag free.

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