back to school vouchers
helping local families
Focusing on the overall wellbeing of each and every student is not a new concept to the school setting; however the needs of some students and their families can often outweigh the resources that are available to the dedicated staff at our local schools.
The Ballarat Foundation’s Back to School Voucher Program is making a difference by providing additional resources for schools to use to support their students. This year, 1125 vouchers totalling $56,250 have been distributed by The Ballarat Foundation to local schools. Funding comes from FRRR (Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal), the Sidney Myer Fund, local schools and donors. The vouchers have gone to schools throughout Moorabool, Golden Plains, Pyrenees, Hepburn and Northern Grampians Shires, City of Ballarat and Rural City of Ararat.
The uniqueness of this program is that the local school allocates the vouchers to those families they know will benefit greatly from this assistance. The vouchers are restricted to purchasing school items such as stationery and uniforms.
On Friday, Geoff Sharp, CEO The Ballarat Foundation, met with teachers and students at Delacombe Primary School to celebrate the benefits provided to the school community of having access to the vouchers. Whilst there he had a tour of the school’s Kitchen Garden led by some of the new Prep children and their School Captains.
Staff at Delacombe Primary School are pleased to have vouchers available to them again this year and are carefully selecting families that will benefit. The assistance will provide children with some necessities such as underwear, shoes or a backpack as they return to school. The vouchers compliment other programs at the school that are focusing on student wellbeing such as their Brekky Club and their beautiful Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden, where children’s physical and social needs are being nurtured.