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St Peter’s receives grant for sensory garden

Article Category  Community Interest
Date Published  Thursday, June 29 2017

St Peter’s receives grant for sensory garden
Dimboola’s St Peter’s Lutheran School is amongst 245 schools, childcare centres and youth groups across Victoria and eight from the Wimmera to receive funding through Junior Landcare and Momentum Energy’s Powerful Youth Projects.

The school will be using the $1,100 grant to add to their sensory garden which encourages students to take an interest in the outdoors.

Other local recipients of these grants include the following.

Green Park Kindergarten, Horsham Green Park Acacia Sensory Garden
Nhill Early Years Centre NEYC Sensory Garden
Hopetoun P-12 College VCAL SLAM- Sustainable Living & Agriculture in the Mallee
Warracknabeal Primary School Warracknabeal Primary School Garden
Kaniva College Native wonderland
Roberts Avenue Kindergarten, Horsham    Enhancing the Outdoor Learning Environment using Water
Minyip Primary School Establish Our Edible Garden

Landcare Australia launched the Powerful Youth Projects earlier this year to seek out new ideas for how children can actively learn and develop skills for protecting local environments. Through the program, more than $200,000 has been given to schools, childcare centres and youth groups for ‘hands on’ projects that help to educate children about sustainability within their local environment.

The projects awarded funding include vegetable and bushtucker gardens, Indigenous gardens, frog bogs, and other projects educating children about biodiversity, growing their own food, and healthy ecosystems.

Paul Geason, Managing Director of Momentum Energy one of the sponsors of the project, was impressed with the quality of applications received.

“There is a passion across Victorian communities for teaching the next generation about sustainability and creating future environment champions. This year’s grant recipients are outstanding examples of creative education for sustainable outcomes.“

Tessa Jakszewicz, Landcare Australian CEO, is delighted to be able to support so many schools in Victoria.

“We know there is a significant need for funding for Junior Landcare projects so it’s fantastic to be working in partnership with Momentum Energy to support so many great projects in Victoria. We know that children learn through doing and can’t wait to see the results of these innovative and creative projects.”

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