Marton Public School at Engadine is giving a helping hand to bushfire and drought-ravaged communities.
The school's P&C held a Bushfire/Drought Appeal on Saturday, January 18, to raise much-needed money for bushfire victims and collect school supplies for students affected by bushfires and drought.
The P&C asked for donations of backpacks and other items for back-to-school packs for drought-affected students in country NSW towns including Tamworth and Dubbo.
Organiser, P&C vice-president Kristen Edwards said they had originally hoped to make up 30 packs containing pencil cases, water bottles, lunch boxes, stationery, school socks, books and other items but ended up filling 200 backpacks from donations to the school and a collection point at Club Heathcote.
"We had an amazing turnout with close to 200 bags made up from donations on the day and more still coming over the next three days," Ms Edwards said.
She plans to hand deliver the items to school communities and will travel to Coonabarabran tomorrow. She is also planning to send backpacks to bushfire-affected communities on the NSW South Coast.
A sausage sizzle sponsored by KORE Property group and Club Heathcote raised almost $1300 for the Red Cross and WIRES bushfire appeals.