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Volunteers are community

IN MAY 2021, the Loddon Herald ran a special feature celebrating local volunteers.

Here's the story of just one group.

ST MARY’S Primary School has a long and proud history of volunteerism.

It’s one of the many aspects of what makes the school community such a special and welcoming place, recognise volunteers are one of the most valuable assets.

The sense of teamwork that has been evident already this year is outstanding, and the can-do approach is always on display. It’s a credit to everyone who gives so generously of their time for the betterment of our students, school and broader community.

The teaching team and students are looking forward to reconnecting more with the school’s dedicated volunteers as they plan events and activities throughout the year.

And the powerful connection is helping grow the spirit of volunteering and taking it from the classroom to the community. Students understand the importance of volunteering, and feel proud to be part of activities that support our wider community.

Their efforts are already re-imagining the future of volunteering, with a new generation so willingly giving their time at working bees, sausage sizzles, the Inglewood Fire Brigade, the Inglewood Alive Festival, Auskick and more.

Principal Kim Carter says the contributions of the volunteers at St Mary’s build social connectedness within the community.

“And they and help make a positive difference to the wellbeing and educational outcomes of the children within our care,” she said.

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