Savvy program equips kids for school

The 2019 School Savvy program supported more than 400 families with back to school costs (CentacareCQ)

Hundreds of central Queensland residents will this week take advantage of Centacare CQ's School Savvy back-to-school initiative that provides low-cost stationery, uniforms and school supplies. Source: Bundaberg Now.

By Ashley Clark, Bundaberg Now

More than 170 residents walked through the doors of the School Savvy Pop-Up Shop in Bundaberg yesterday during the first five minutes after it opened.

It's the first time the back-to-school initiative has been rolled out in Bundaberg, following the success of the program last year in the Rockhampton and Capricorn Coast regions.

Lisa Kilsby, the manager of Risk and Innovation at Bundaberg Centacare, said the initiative aimed to help families get sorted for the school year after what could be a very expensive `festive period.

“We have on offer secondhand school uniforms, brand new hats which have been donated, secondhand shoes, basic stationery, pre-packed pencil cases and local hairdressers are also volunteering their time to provide back to school haircuts,” she said.

“It's really important that children can go to school and feel that they are not different to any other student and that they have the supplies they need to feel part of the school.”

Bundaberg mum Sharlene Geiszler took the opportunity to grab some school bargains at today's opening and said it had made the task of buying school items much more simple.

“I came here because it is so much easier and helps us to get the kids school stuff,” she said. “It is important because most schools have uniforms and things that they specifically need. It's really good that they (Centacare) have this to help families.”

School Savvy CQ assistant coordinator Danielle Mitchell said: “With the expansion of School Savvy now in Bundaberg this year, the project itself has increased exponentially.

Last year’s pop-up shops saw more than 1400 attendees across the region, more than 400 families supported and more than 700 children helped.


Hundreds of residents take advantage of School Savvy (Bundaberg Now)

Less than one week to go until School Savvy Pop-Up Shops are open! (Centacare CQ)

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