Port Lincoln school doing its bit for farmers

DRESS UP: Year 2 student Sahara Treagus and student support officer Esther Kramer don farming clothes ahead of the fundraiser on Friday.
DRESS UP: Year 2 student Sahara Treagus and student support officer Esther Kramer don farming clothes ahead of the fundraiser on Friday.

Port Lincoln Junior Primary School is doing its bit to help farmers who are struggling to feed their livestock due to drought conditions.

This Friday the school will hold a ‘Dress Like a Farmer Day’, inviting students to dress up like farmers and donate $1.

Money raised will go towards the ‘Buy a Bale’ fundraiser to buy bales of hay to feed the livestock of farmers going through drought conditions.

The school’s student wellbeing leader Shannon Haapanen said it began when a member of the school community had asked if it would be interested in doing something to help the farmers.

“I thought it would be a good opportunity for us to talk about our community and the role of farmers with our students,” she said.

“It’s not just a dress up day, it also has a purpose and is a chance to have deeper conversations.”

Ms Haapanen said this event was in line with the school’s values of “respect, relationships and responsibility”.

The school will also be teaching the students about what farmers all over the Eyre Peninsula do.

The Bureau of Meteorology reports Australia experienced its driest July since 2002 with below average rainfall for most of southern Australia.

Year 2 student Sahara Treagus said she was happy to be able to help the farmers and help provide food for their animals.

Ms Haapanen said she hoped other schools and community groups would also help fundraise for farmers as collectively people could help make a difference.

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