Dubbo College students donated literacy packs to Macquarie Regional Library

TEAM EFFORT: After spending 12 weeks putting them together, the Youth Opportunities group donated the kits on Monday. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

TEAM EFFORT: After spending 12 weeks putting them together, the Youth Opportunities group donated the kits on Monday. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

After months of research, planning and development twenty girls from Dubbo College donated literacy and learning packs to the library on Monday.

The students, who were from Dubbo College Delroy Campus and Dubbo College South Campus, spent 12 weekends to produce the kits, with the goal of making learning fun.

It was all part of the year-long Youth Opportunities program, funded by the NSW government and conducted by Education and Training Out West (ETOW).

ETOW manager Anne Shortis said she had seen a remarkable change in the young ladies since they first started the program.

Spending one day a week with Buninyong Public School students had not only taught them what they needed to put in their education packs to make them most effective, Ms Shortis said, but had reengaged them with school from a different perspective.

Student Brittney Chapman said the best part of developing the packs was when it was finished and they could donate them to the Macquarie Regional Library.

“Above all else we have learnt the benefit of giving back to the community through volunteering,” she said.

Ms Shortis said once the learning packs had been completed the first thing she was asked was ‘what’s next?’.

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