Ramsgate RSL School Care Project funds sustainability initiatives

Green grant: Brighton Le Sands Public School pupils with their kitchen garden which will be reinvigorated using a $2000 sum from Ramsgate RSL. Picture: Supplied
Green grant: Brighton Le Sands Public School pupils with their kitchen garden which will be reinvigorated using a $2000 sum from Ramsgate RSL. Picture: Supplied

Pupils from Brighton Le Sands Public School will get their hands dirty - all in the name of education - when their vegetable garden is upgraded using a $2000 grant from Ramsgate RSL.

The school was one of three to receive funding in May through the RSL's School Care Project initiative which is designed to assist environmental and community projects in schools.

Brighton Le Sands Primary's Deputy Principal, Tracey McKinniery, said the school's old garden was built for a previous generation of children and the RSL funding would help reinvigorate it for current pupils.

"We will be able to use it for science lessons, art lessons, and as sensory aids for children with autism," Ms McKinniery told the Leader.

She said the "old established garden" had been producing vegetables that were used by the canteen staff to make healthy meals which were sold back to the children.

"The support from the Ramsgate RSL will help rejuvenate the garden, replacing our equipment that is now dated and also assisting in implementing more environmental initiatives," Ms McKinniery said.

Ramsgate RSL also donated $5000 to St Finbar's Catholic Primary School Sans Souci and $3000 to Moorefield Girls High School at Kogarah to kickstart a natural adventure playground and a waste recycling program respectively.

The RSL's School Care Project has supported six local schools with $20,000 in grants since 2019.

Club President, Sallianne Faulkner, said the club was "so very proud" to have been able to assist three schools and their teachers as they endeavoured to undertake environmental and community projects.

"The children in our local schools are our future and it is pleasing to see the forward-thinking and proactive stance they are taking with their projects to help create a sustainable future," said Ms Faulkner.

"We look forward to visiting each school again to see the execution of their project".