Dubbo preschoolers will earn and learn

Stickers galore: DELC director Mel Cox with Michelle McHugh and Mackenzie Madigan. Photo: Taylor Jurd
Stickers galore: DELC director Mel Cox with Michelle McHugh and Mackenzie Madigan. Photo: Taylor Jurd

Preschool students at Dubbo’s Early Learning Centre will receive a range of educational resources as it takes part in a well known school program.

Woolworths Earn and Learn program helps schools and early learning centres obtain educational resources, including sporting, mathematics, arts, science and technology equipment.

This is the first time that Dubbo Early Learning Centre has taken part in the program.

“It’s a great way to get more resources, which will help the children learn which is just a bonus for us,” DELC director Mel Cox said.

A special spot has been reserved at DELC for the students to display and drop in their Earn and Learn stickers.

“It has given the children a sense of pride and of being a part of the community,” Ms Cox said.

“They’ve come in each day with stickers they’ve collected from their grandparents, friends and neighbours.”

The last time the program ran, 16,000 educational facilities were supported with the delivery of more than 450,000 individual items.

The most popular resources category redeemed was mathematics equipment, closely followed by arts and crafts and sporting equipment.

To support the program, Woolworths customers can earn a sticker for every $10 spent in store or online until stocks last over the next two months.

The stickers can be put onto a downloadable sticker sheet or simply placed in the Collection Box at their local school or Woolworths store. The Earn and Learn program co-ordinator at the school can then redeem points for the equipment needed most.

Woolworths Director of Stores Michael James said Woolworths aim is to be an active contributor to the local community.

“We also love seeing the great work schools undertake to inspire our future generation and we’ll be recognising and celebrating their efforts also during the campaign with our very first Inspiring Schools Awards,” he said.

Schools that register for Earn & Learn can be nominated for the Woolworths Inspiring Schools Awards.

Nominators simply describe what’s inspiring about their school for the chance to win 1,000 additional Earn & Learn stickers, $10,000 towards creating an inspiring learning space for the students and $2,000 worth of Woolworths groceries for the school.

Seven other schools or early learning centres will also be announced as winners across each state and territory and will be awarded $3,000 to go towards resources for their school.  

To register for Earn & Learn or nominate a school for the Inspiring Schools Awards, visit www.woolworths.com.au/earnandlearn