Help for Rockingham students with EdConnect and Alcoa

EdConnect volunteer Noreen Coombs.
EdConnect volunteer Noreen Coombs.

SCHOOL children in the Rockingham area will receive additional support to successfully navigate emotional, social and academic issues with a US$180,000 partnership between EdConnect Australia and the Alcoa Foundation.

Alcoa has agreed to continue supporting delivery of EdConnect’s Connecting Generations for School Success program in the Rockingham, Peel and South West areas for the next three years, after first partnering with the organisation in 2016.

The partnership aims to match volunteers with up to 800 students at risk of not achieving their educational potential in at least 15 schools a year.

EdConnect Australia chief executive Gerri Clay said the partnership would connect about 100 volunteers with the schools, where they would help teachers and provide one-on-one student support.

Ms Clay said local students would receive academic and social support while older generations would get an opportunity to stay active and connected with their communities.

Alcoa of Australia chairman and managing director Michael Parker said the company was proud to |support a program with cross- generational benefits for students and older |volunteers alike.

Noreen Coombs has been an EdConnect volunteer at Bungaree Primary School for more than 15 years.

“I enjoy spending time with my mentees and noticing the pleasure they find in spending time with us,’’ she said.