Efforts acknowledged

October 28, 2016

Rotary Junior Community Awards: Anika Vilayphone, Anna Howell, Matthew Johnston, Rotarian Colin Barnes, Isabelle Fowles, Benalla P-12 College Principal Barbara O’Brien, Evelyn Biddle and Taree Fletcher.

Benalla P-12 College and the Rotary Club of Benalla recently celebrated the success of Year 6 students who completed the Rotary Junior Community Award.

At the ceremony, Rotary Club of Benalla president Amanda Challis and college principal Barbara O’Brien presented students with their certificates, praising them for their achievements during the six-month program.

Ms Challis told students that the Junior Community Awards had been conducted in Victorian schools for 20 years.

She said the program was first offered to Benalla schools in 2004 with only seven students graduating but now that number had grown to 34.

Ms Challis said it was outstanding and a great encouragement and challenge to the Year 6 students in 2017.

Ms O’Brien commended all involved in the Rotary Awards.

‘‘I was very impressed when I read what our students have been doing with the program, from volunteering their help in 12 different locations in Benalla, including numerous preschools and kindergartens, primary school ‘Buddy’ reading programs, after-school programs, Benalla Library, nursing homes and SES,’’ Ms O’Brien said.

‘‘I am very proud of our students and their contribution to the community.’’

She also thanked teacher Emily Carr — the school’s co-ordinator of the project — along with parents and grandparents who had given up their time to assist.

Benalla P-12 College wishes to acknowledge the hard work and dedication of Rotarians John Avery, program co-ordinator Colin Barnes and Sarah Ford.

The school is also proud to be associated with organisations such as Rotary in assisting the community and raising awareness in young people of the benefits and rewards of civic duty.

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