The Year 5 students started learning about bushfires in their Society and Environment class a day before the fires started over east.
Teacher Bethan Lilford said raising funds for bushfire victims was the Year 5 students’ idea to organise and hold a car-wash fundraiser at school with help from the Year 6 students.
‘Because we’re a Catholic school the Catholic ethos is to reach out to community so the students came up with the idea to somehow raise funds and we thought a car wash would be the best way,’ she said.
‘The children loved it.
‘I had some kids that did car washing at home. I also had another child who ran a lemonade stall at home over the weekend and donated $116.’
The car wash itself raised $285.
‘I was quite taken at how happy the children were to give back and to a community that they don’t have much to do with,’ Mrs Lilford said.
‘I think it’s really important students learn to give back.’