BENALLA Flexible Learning Centre students are among a number of local young people who will soon be freshly kitted out for school courtesy of vouchers distributed by Tomorrow Today Foundation.
Following an application by Tomorrow Today, Benalla district received $11,000 in vouchers from the 2016 FRRR Back to School Program. Funding from generous local sponsors and donors including Benalla Bushwalking Club, Benalla Soroptimists and Swanpool CWA enabled the procurement of another $3,500 in vouchers bringing the total to $14,500 worth of vouchers to be distributed across 14 local schools.
Last Thursday, Tomorrow Today Board member, Adrian Aldous presented a number of Target vouchers to Benalla Flexible Learning Centre campus Principal Michele Ramage, campus leader Sophie O’Shannessy and student Paul Mountford-Matcott. The Benalla Flexible Learning Centre was established in February 2015 to encourage young people who had disengaged from school to resume their education.
Ms Ramage said the vouchers would help the Flexible Learning Centre students to buy clothing and shoes for school as well as requisites and special uniforms for work placement.
“We are extremely grateful to FRRR for the Back to School Program and to Tomorrow Today who support us in many ways,” Ms Ramage said.
Visiting the Centre for the first time, Mr Aldous was impressed when informed that the centre has grown from one classroom in February 2015 with an enrolment of 20 to a multiple room education centre, including an impressive art space, with an enrolment of almost 50 students.
“Tomorrow Today is pleased to be able to provide funding and resources to this endeavour which is helping our young people improve their life chances,” he said.
On a tour of the building, Ms Ramage highlighted the chicken and leek casserole cooking in a hot pot for the students. “Every day we feed about 15 kids,” she said. “It’s very social.”