JUMP FOR JOY: School students from Hebel will reap the benefit of kind aid from Brisbane schools.
JUMP FOR JOY: School students from Hebel will reap the benefit of kind aid from Brisbane schools. Hebel State School

City kids reach out in mateship to help ours

SCHOOL students from Brisbane have done their bit to help out struggling rural students, with Hebel State School reaping the benefits.

Former principal of the small school, Meaghan Rodgers, is now based at Jindalee State School.

She teamed up with surrounding schools to raise funds to help out their country counterparts.

Hebel principal Cath Cargoni said all the money that had been donated to her school would go towards resources for the eight students enrolled next year.

"They have donated $1040 to us,” she said.

"The kids here think it's just so great, they're really thankful someone is helping their education; stationery and book packs can really add up.”

Ms Cargnoni said it was a great incentive, allowing children to connect from different parts of the country and recognising the needs of others.

"It was because of Meaghan having been out here that this all came about,” Ms Cargoni said.

"Brisbane students wouldn't have any idea where Hebel was, or that it would be a town big enough to have a school, and a school with only seven or eight students at that.”

Ms Cargnoni said it really demonstrated a level of mateship and understanding that the students should be proud of.

"These children live out on these properties and the produce that their families create are going towards the cities,” she said.

"Things like wool, cotton, food - we all need those essentials.

"We need those families here, doing these jobs and living in these harsh conditions, and it means their children have to be here as well.”

Ms Cargnoni said the Hebel school students would do something to show their gratitude.


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