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Great start to school

Wednesday, 31st January, 2018

Georgia Stevens with daughter Zenanie Robertson (8) and the library packs and stationery that will be provided. PICTURE: Emily Roberts Georgia Stevens with daughter Zenanie Robertson (8) and the library packs and stationery that will be provided. PICTURE: Emily Roberts

By Emily Roberts

An idea to hand make library bags for under privileged local students has turned into something more.

Local mum Georgina Stevens wanted to do something to help struggling families going back to school in 2018, and started making the bags.

“I know there are lots of families doing it tough, it’s time to get kids ready for school but not all the kids will be able to have all the things they need for school,” she said.

“I am currently making library bags to support primary school students in our community to provide school essentials to children from lower socioeconomic families.

“I was one of those kids that struggled, so I know how it feels.”

Georgina said she was also able to recruit the help of another local Marilyn to sew the library bags.

“I thought why not go a step further and fill those bags with school supplies?”

She has approached local businesses, City Council and charities asking for donations.

“My aim is to ensure all students have an equal start at school,” she said.

“To do this, I am personally making 160 library bags for primary students.

“I would also like to make 40 high school packs, making a total of 200 packs to be donated to schools in Broken Hill.

“My goal is to donate 20 packs per school at the start of February.

“If it goes above and beyond I would like to put out more.

“I have used as much of my own money on this project as I can spare.

“I have brought some supplies to fill these bags and have personally sewed over 70 library bags.

“Unfortunately it won’t be enough for every child to have the same unless I can source some materials or finances to purchase some.”

Georgina said the response so far had been overwhelming.

“Even normal mums and dads are giving $5 or $10 which helps to purchase pencils or a pencil case.

“It’s not about spending lots of money, it’s just what you might have that could be donated.

“I started a GoFundMe page, but it didn’t get much of a response - so I decided to head out to the public.

“One business donated 40 blue pens just from their stationary stock.

“It’s the simple things.”

Georgina said she would also like to put vouchers in the packs.

“My end goal would be to put a voucher in each pack so parents and grandparents can buy a school shirt for their children.”

The public donation period will end this week on Friday. Locals can donate to Warra Warra Legal Service or MJG Engineering.

Georgina and some helpers will spend Saturday putting the packs together at the Ice Skating Rink at Memorial Oval.

To help or donate contact Georgina on 0458 804 033 or email missyg1933@yahoo.com.au or visit the Facebook page Helping Children Become Equal at School.

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