Extra curricular funding for Coffs

COFFS Coast schools, community groups and businesses have the chance to share in more than $5 million in prize money thanks to a new initiative, Schools First.

An initiative of the National Australia Bank in partnership with The Foundation for Young Australians and Australian Council for Educational Research, the $15 million three-year program is designed to enhance and reward outstanding school and community partnerships.

Awards of up to $50,000 are granted to schools that take learning beyond the blackboard and establish outstanding partnerships with groups, organisations and/or businesses in their community.

As the open date for applications looms, a special one-off information session to be held in Coffs Harbour will give you all the information you need to apply.

“Schools First believes that it’s all of our responsibility to positively contribute to the lives of our young people,” The Foundation of Young Australian facilitator, Josh Levy, said.

“Research indicates that strong school – community partnerships can make a significant difference to educational outcomes.

“At the core of this program is a desire for young Australians to thrive and become more empathetic, aware, resourceful, confident individuals who are given every opportunity to realise their potential.”

Any monetary award received through the 2010 Schools First Awards program is to be used to strengthen existing partnership(s), develop a new partnership that is designed to meet an identified need relating to student outcomes and/or promote good practice around school-community partnerships to benefit students. The Schools First Partnership Forum will take place at the Coffs Harbour Racing Club on Tuesday, April 27 from 4.30pm. Registrations are essential, visit www.schoolsfirst.edu.au to register.

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