For the thirteenth year BCCF has distributed Back to School vouchers to local schools and welfare agencies. This year's distribution of $22,000 worth of vouchers brings the total value of vouchers distributed to Bass Coast Shire families over the 13 years to over $200,000,
Funded through the generosity of the Sidney Myer Fund and the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal, and distributed by the Foundation, these vouchers help local families doing it tough with the costs of getting kids back to school.
While the voucher's value of $50 might not seem a large amount, it can and does mean that a child can have school shoes that fit properly, uniform items that don't make them stand out from the others, enough stationery and other requisites for their studies, and to generally be able to start the school year like the other kids.
Helping kids fit in helps them to participate fully at school and to continue with their education.
The Foundation is proud of its ongoing participation in this valuable program, and thanks the participating schools and agencies for their role in its delivery.
Foundation Board Member Melissa Hayes presents 2018 Back to School vouchers to Edith Gray, Principal of the Bass Coast Specialist School (left) and Carol Davidson, Student Welfare Coordinator at Wonthaggi Secondary College - McBride Campus (right)