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Happy birthday, Bugdlie

Friday, 5th March, 2010

* Jaida Clark, 4, had fun finger painting. * Jaida Clark, 4, had fun finger painting.

The Alma-Bugdlie Preschool celebrated its 15th birthday yesterday with coffee, biscuits and a shared story or two.

The preschool was opened on March 4, 1995 and it was welcomed as the first all-Aboriginal preschool. Bev Hall, a member of the Bugdlie Establishment Committee, said the school was the "fulfillment of a dream ... that has made a lasting contribution to young people".

The aim was to create an educational centre for Aboriginal children."It was about advancing kids' learning and being proactive," said Beryl Carmichael, another member of the Bugdlie Establishment Committee. "There was need for more Aboriginal facilities."

Alma Primary School Principal, Larry Micewski, said that it was "the only predominant Aboriginal preschool and we look to maintain that." Children and parents enjoyed playing games, finger painting and looking at the history of the preschool during yesterday's celebrations.

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