Making back to school a little easier for families

By Olivia Duffey

Deniliquin South Public School teacher Maggie Sutton has been collecting school supplies to donate to school-aged children affected by the NSW and Victorian bushfires.

The 23 year-old was inspired to do something after watching the devastation unfold, and so close to the start on a new school year.

‘‘I know how much school means for so many children and how important it is for them to have school supplies, and that is why I started collecting donations,’’ Miss Sutton said.

‘‘Seeing the coverage and how much people have lost has been heartbreaking. I wanted to help, but I knew I wanted to do more than just donate money.’’

Miss Sutton has so far been able to make up 50 back to school packs, thanks to donations from the community.

They will be delivered to evacuation centres in Albury tomorrow.

‘‘People have been amazing and so generous,’’ Miss Sutton said.

‘‘I have had people bring in bags full of brand new supplies, which was awesome, and I was lucky enough to have a local business donate some money which allowed me to buy school backpacks.

‘‘In those bags are a lunchbox, a drink bottle, a full pencil case and school books.

‘‘Rotary donated a lot of school books which was awesome to have included in the packs.

‘‘I was also able to make up a few packs for teachers to get their classrooms running back to normal, which is exactly what these students need.’’

Miss Sutton will accept donations until the close of business today.  They can be dropped at Wired Entertainment during opening hours.

‘‘I am grateful for the support I have received for this project,’’ she said.

‘‘It makes me happy to be able to put a smile on a child’s face and help a family who might have lost everything get their child to school with everything they need.

‘‘But it is not about what I have done; it is what the community has done to rally around the cause and make so many generous donations.

‘‘I thank everyone for their role in helping our fellow Australians.’’