St Stephen’s School students’ generosity helps buy new books for sick kids


Students Bella Darcy and Kate Grigsby with head of primary Tracey Gray, head of primary library Jo-Anne Urquhart, and Ronald McDonald House events co-ordinator Natalie Farrow.
Picture: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au   d469493
Students Bella Darcy and Kate Grigsby with head of primary Tracey Gray, head of primary library Jo-Anne Urquhart, and Ronald McDonald House events co-ordinator Natalie Farrow. Picture: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au d469493

DUNCRAIG students Bella Darcy and Kate Grigsby have used their love of reading to raise more than $1200 to buy new books for sick children.

The Year 5 St Stephen’s School students were inspired to organise a read-a-thon at the school after they discovered there was a shortage of new books at Ronald McDonald House.

With the help of their classmates, students read books in return for donations from family and friends.

“The girls came up with the idea all by themselves,” head of primary Tracey Gray said.

“Their aim was to put books on beds for sick children, which we were very supportive of.

“The girls designed posters and collaborated closely with staff and students throughout to ensure the two-week event was a success.”

Kate and Bella helped choose some of the books, with the remaining money donated to Ronald McDonald House.

“We’re very proud of the girls and what they have achieved,” Ms Gray said.

“We’ve been told by Ronald McDonald House this is the first time students have taken it upon themselves to organise their own fundraising activity to buy books for sick children at the house; it’s a great example of service.”

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