Celebrations were in full swing for Benalla P-12 College’s Year 6 students on Wednesday 12 September after successfully completing the Kids as Catalyst Program.
The students gathered at the Lakeside Community Centre to show off the philanthropic projects they have been working on since pitching their ideas to a community panel in July.
The program, which is now in its third year, is a partnership between Tomorrow Today, Kid’s Thrive and Benalla P-12 College and encourages students to connect with their community.
After choosing a mutual passion and forming small groups, the students then researched which community organisation most aligned with their passion, before forming a partnership with the group to work towards a common goal.
Tomorrow Today Student Wellbeing Coordinator Cathy Hair said the day was all about letting the students showcase their achievements.
“The students grow in confidence and get more connected with the community through the program,” Mrs Hair said.
“This year the group has been very inclusive, we usually get one, but this year we have two groups working with people with disabilities. They put on a morning tea, did some activities and fundraising, so that stood out this year. Feedback from places like Yooralla that have partnered with the students said they were outstanding.”
Other projects that were on display included a sports project, wildlife project and a cultural kids thrive project.
One aspect that was also used throughout the program was the use of the three T’s – time, talent and treasure.
The students have volunteered their time, used their talents and money as treasure to acheive their desired outcomes.
Mrs Hair said she hoped to see the students continue to strive to help the community for years to come.
“The plan is that in the future these young people will understand more about volunteering and we’ll keep that wonderful bank of volunteers that we have here in Benalla.”