Casey wins Christmas treat

CASEY Paschen's artistic flair will help out his Avoca State School classmates, after the school was awarded $2500 when Casey won Kmart's state-wide Art of Giving prize.

Casey, 12, said he had a little help with his winning entry in the competition, which is for students in Year 4 to Year 7.

“I wasn't too sure what to draw so I asked mum and she suggested something like what I drew,” he said.

As well as the money, Casey received an iPod Nano and the chance to win a Nintendo Wii and $10,000 for his school in the national final.

Kmart Bundaberg store second in charge Jason Everingham said the competition was looking for artwork that would help represent the annual Kmart Wishing Tree Appeal.

“Part of the reason we chose the artwork was that the message behind it was a very good concept,” he said.

Casey titled his artwork Hugs and it depicts a family group embrace.

Avoca State School deputy principal Michael Kiss said the school donated to the Wishing Tree Appeal each year and encouraged students to enter to raise awareness of the program.

The national winner will be announced on November 12.

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