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Getting set for happy school days

Going back to school this year was a little bit brighter for children in our care, after students from two Perth Catholic girls’ schools donated their time and money to create back to school packs.

The students from Mercedes College and Santa Maria College collected donations, which were used to buy essential school items like drink bottles, lunch boxes and school bags.

Retailer Officeworks also leant a helping hand by donating almost $300 worth of stationery and pencil cases for the packs.

Six of the students spent half a day at our Wembley site putting the packs together so they could be distributed to kids in care before school returned.

“When I was a student, I remember the excitement of getting my new stationery supplies before the beginning of each school year,” said MercyCare’s Schools Liaison Officer Louise Mason.

“We just really wanted kids in care to feel that same excitement about going back to school.”

The students put together 40 back to school packs, 7 pre-school packs and 10 child care packs for all the children in care who need them.

“I see the back to school packs as a long-lasting gift because they will enhance the kids’ learning and education,” said Mercedes student Marcella Morton.

“I hope they feel valued and special knowing that the packs have been made just for them.”

MercyCare’s Chief Executive Officer Chris Hall said the packs would help children in care to start the school year well prepared and ready to thrive.

“We try very hard to ensure that children in our care have everything they need to succeed at school,” he said.

“Giving them the tools to do this is just a small way of helping them to feel positive about going back to school and the year ahead.”

The children were so excited to receive their individual packs and discover all the goodies inside. We would like to extend our sincere gratitude to the students from Mercedes College and Santa Maria College whose generosity and dedication made all of this possible.