CURIOUS, critical and creative thinkers are developing at Lindisfarne Primary School, encouraged by the Woolworths Earn and Learn program which delivered vital educational resources to the school last month.
The popular Earn and Learn program is one of Australia’s biggest community initiatives and brings Australians together to collect stickers when grocery shopping in order to provide needed educational equipment to schools and early learning centres.
It brought wooden blocks of varying shapes and sizes, strawbees, sticklets and marble runs to the children of Lindisfarne Primary School, which were handed over last month.
Lindisfarne Primary School grade two teacher Sophie Sheehan said these particular items were chosen with the school’s priority areas in mind.
“We went down the road of purchasing things that supported creating curious and creative thinkers – really open-ended materials and resources that can be used to support teachers and students and to create critical and curious thinkers,” she said.
The Earn and Learn program has been running since 2011.
This year, Woolworths broadened the initiative to include remote schools through its ‘Remote Schools Program’, which means that schools that are not local to a Woolworths store can still benefit from its program.
With the broadening of the program’s inclusivity, 156 remote and rural schools across Australia are also set to receive educational equipment.
Ms Sheehan said children playing with the hands-on equipment from the program were really engaged and noted the teamwork that it fostered.
“It’s excellent to be able to add resources for the school,” she said.
“A lot of people got really involved – families, schools, even strangers.”
Woolworths Lindisfarne store manager Gary Atkinson thanked the community for its enthusiasm towards the program.
“We want to say a big thank you to everyone in Lindisfarne for your efforts in collecting stickers and helping local schools in the community obtain resources that will help support the next generation of Aussie kids,” he said.
“I think it’s fantastic because they all realise that it’s going to benefit children’s learning and that’s really valuable.”
Caption: From left, Woolworths Lindisfarne store manager Gary Atkinson, Lindisfarne Primary School students Taylor and Lewis, and Woolworths team member Mary Halliday.