DIGGING IN: Kids at Goodstart Early Learning will benefit from grants given by Telstra to build gardens.
DIGGING IN: Kids at Goodstart Early Learning will benefit from grants given by Telstra to build gardens. Trevor Veale

Preschoolers grow green skills

CHILDREN at Goodstart Early Learning preschool, Toormina, will grow their appreciation for nature and sustainability following a $4800 grant from the Telstra Kids Fund.

Goodstart Early Learning Toormina is just one of hundreds of community non-profit organisations across Australia to benefit from the Telstra Kids Fund, the Telstra Foundation's $1 million per year commitment to caring in local communities.

The children, who are aged between six weeks to five years old, will now be able to play and learn in a number of new garden areas that have been are designed to be enjoyed in all weather.

The staff at the centre are looking forward to teaching the children how to care for the different plants, and are also excited to learn some things themselves.

Telstra Country Wide area general manager for North Coast Mike Marom said the Telstra Kids Fund grants were about backing the little things that could make a big difference.

"All around Australia, kids are building on ideas, playing in a team, making music and creating art. But sometimes little projects, such as updating the gardens at the local Goodstart Early Learning Centre, need a bit of a hand to get started.

"That's why each year, the Telstra Kids Fund provides $1 million in grants - on behalf of Telstra employees - for projects that help our kids play and learn," Mr Marom said.

Since 2002, the Telstra Kids Fund has contributed more than $9.2 million to some 7900 community projects for kids.

Telstra Kids Fund grants are available to Telstra employees, who can apply for a $1200 grant on behalf of a children's organisation. Visit http://www.telstrakidsfund.com.



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