Grants help support students, families in region

New laptops on the way. Picture: Shutterstock
New laptops on the way. Picture: Shutterstock

Students across Wollondilly and the broader Macarthur region will have greater access to learning resources thanks to more than $20,000 in grants.

South32 Illawarra Metallurgical Coal has donated more than $41,000 to four schools and two not-for-profit organisations in the area to support school kids and families.

Schools in Appin, Cawdor, Douglas Park and Wilton received $21,187 to purchase 24 new laptops and provide access to online learning platforms for children from kindergarten to year 6.

South32 hopes the support will assist students and families for the last few weeks of homeschooling, but also in classrooms when face-to-face learning resumes.

Wilton Public School assistant principal Lea Tidyman said the school was thankful to receive the funding.

"The grant provided by South32 will enable our teachers and students to access quality, Australian-made learning content and resources from ClickView and Inquisitive during and after the learning-from-home period," she said.

"These platforms will provide relevant and high-quality content to ensure our students remain engaged, challenged and connected to their learning.

"We thank South32 for making these learning tools accessible to our school community during the current situation."

A further $10,000 was donated to the Shining Stars Foundation, which helps rough sleepers and local families who may be struggling.

The funding is being used to buy 300 food hampers for Wollondilly families.

Shining Stars co-founder Lyn Townsend said the charity could not "do what we do without the support of organisations like South32".

Community Links Wollondilly also received $10,000 to provide emergency accommodation, hygiene products, food vouchers, bill assistance, clothing, transport and children's toys to victims of domestic violence.

Illawarra Metallurgical Coal vice president of operations Wayne Bull said the funding was drawn from the company's Community Partnership Program.

"As a major local employer, South32 Illawarra Metallurgical Coal has played an important role in helping to support the Macarthur and Wollondilly regions through the COVID-19 pandemic," he said.

"This new funding... will give families that are doing it tough some additional support and give school students a bit of extra help with their education.

"We are very proud to lend a hand and we will keep looking for opportunities to help."

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