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Preschools across Port Stephens have shown first hand how true this is, by pitching in and doing their bit to contribute to the plight of the drought stricken Farmers.
Director of Raymond Terrace Community Preschool, Linda Mossmand, told News Of The Area, “With the entire state of New South Wales now drought affected, we wanted to get our Preschool community together and do our bit to help.
“Over three days, families and staff donated gold coins, which the children placed onto drawn picture outlines, creating our own golden cow, sheep and hay bale.”
“Some of the children and staff also dressed up for the occasion in flannelette shirts, cowboy hats, cowgirl boots, and even a cow onesie,” she said.
The children learnt that the drought means there hasn’t been any rain on the farms, and that without water for the grass to grow, the animals are hungry and sick.
Linda said, “We spoke to them about the money being given to the farmers so they could buy hay for their animals to eat,”
“As well as teaching children about the effects of drought, we wanted to instil in them the importance of thinking about others in their community and working together to help others in times of need and hardship.”
Raymond Terrace Community Preschool proudly raised $670, which will be donated to Rural Aid’s Buy a Bale drought appeal campaign.
Medowie Community Preschool conducted a similar fundraiser, and had two special visitors to help them raise money and awareness.
Seth and Degan impressed the community of Medowie when they collected up all their pocket money and savings, and donated it all to the Medowie Bale Out The Drought fundraised.
The two boys went along to their old preschool to visit their teachers and chat with the young preschoolers about it is important to help the farmers and collect money.
The future of Port Stephens is strong with these young ones.
By Rachael VAUGHAN