School grant for Eidsvold
EIDSVOLD State School’s partnership with Burnett Inland Economic Development Organisation (Biedo) has paid off with a $25,000 School First Seed Funding Award.
The school received the award in recognition of its outstanding initiative to develop the partnership.
Using school-based learning, the Community Answers Program partnership involves a number of projects that students undertake, including community tradespeople and artists mentoring students, initiating and planning their own community project, and developing a micro enterprise.
Eidsvold State School principal Gavin Campbell said one aim was to introduce an indigenous food garden.
“This will be in conjunction with a sensory garden and a walk-through area,” he said.
“We will look at indigenous local bush tucker and get our hospitality class involved with our local elders.
“We will try to get our hospitality class to have a mock cafe set — it won’t be a shop in the town but it might give them an opportunity when they leave school.”
Biedo business pilot Ainsley Shepherd said the project would empower students to have a positive impact on the local community.
“The grant opens the door for us to be able to accomplish that,” she said.
“While the program encompasses a number of initiatives, the schools first grant will enable us to complete three main outcomes.”
Ms Shepherd said the outcomes included community improvement projects, a youth entrepreneurship program and a community problem solving project.