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Celebration: Sassy Lass celebrated its first birthday on Friday night, proprietor Bronwyn Campbell thanked all for their support. Photo: Glenys Quick.
Celebration: Sassy Lass celebrated its first birthday on Friday night, proprietor Bronwyn Campbell thanked all for their support. Photo: Glenys Quick.

Clare High School open day

When: Thursday, June 14, 2018

Tour Times: 9.30am, 11.30am and 1.30pm

Contact the school for more information: 8842 2788.

Sharryn Daly, Clare High School Principal

Winter appeal

Children’s education charity The Smith Family has launched its 2018 Winter Appeal and is calling on local residents to help hundreds of disadvantaged young South Australians break the cycle of poverty through vital support for their education.

The Smith Family needs to raise more than $180,000 by 30 June to deliver life-changing learning and mentoring programs for nearly 450 children in South Australia this year.

With one in seven Australian children and young people living below the poverty line, this support is more critical than ever.

The charity is working in 10 communities across South Australia to help children at risk of falling behind at school.

We partner with schools in areas where families are really doing it tough to identify children who would benefit from our targeted support programs.

We are at the frontline to help these students get the best possible educational outcomes so they don’t go on to experience hardship as adults.

With the support of the Australian community, we’ve been able to help thousands of children thrive in their education through a range of programs that begin in the early years and continue through to the tertiary level. In the last year alone, our work reached more than 120,000 disadvantaged young Australians across the country, but the need is so much higher.

The extent of poverty in Australia is not well understood and that supporting children’s education over the long term is the most effective way to tackle this problem.

The staggering fact is there are 1.1 million young Australians living below the poverty line today.

We don’t always see the struggles faced by these children because poverty can be hidden. We hear of children pretending to be unwell so they don’t have to worry their parents with the cost of an excursion, or they’ll start skipping school because they’re struggling to keep up in class.

That’s why we are calling on the Australian public to help us reach more children.

The out-of-school learning and mentoring programs we provide give young people the skills and motivation to stay in school and see the value of finishing Year 12 to open up more opportunities for themselves.

That little bit of extra support and encouragement can be life-changing for these children.

Funds raised through The Smith Family’s Winter Appeal will help nearly 450 disadvantaged children in South Australia access a range of literacy and numeracy programs – such as student2student, which helps young students improve their reading skills by pairing them with older ‘reading buddies’ – as well as after-school Learning Clubs,the iTrack online mentoring program and access to digital resources.

With the assistance of volunteer tutors, programs such as our Learning Clubs help improve students’ grades – and as their grades start to improve, so does their attendance and likelihood of completing Year 12. 

We know that if we can help students finish school, this in turn leads to better job prospects, the security of regular income and the skills to participate fully in society.

I urge the community to get behind our Winter Appeal and contribute to a better future for young Australians in need.

The Smith Family’s SA general manager Graham Jaeschke

Anyone wishing to donate to The Smith Family’s Winter Appeal can phone 1800 024 069 or visit thesmithfamily.com.au/winter

Remember you can send your letters to the editor through to Chelsea Ashmeade at chelsea.ashmeade@fairfaxmedia.com.au