Balnarring Primary School loves Ritchies!
A few years ago, the Principal of Balnarring Primary School asked the Bank Manager for a loan to build a new school hall, saying that they would like to make the loan repayments with the money they were receiving from Ritchies Community Benefit Program, about $500 a month at that time.
Well, the bank manager said Yes! That school hall has been well and truly paid for with donations totalling $201,312.56 (end July 2010) and is now known as the Community Centre and it is certainly well used by the school community.
It is used for the school's Japanese program; after school care; junior school assembly; parents and friends meetings and the uniform shop and many other programs.
The school now receives over $1,500 a month and has also recently purchased Interactive White Boards for use in the classrooms.
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BALNARRING PRIMARY SCHOOL
Balnarring Primary School is currently funding its Community Centre Cooperative Loan, but over time it has funded a gazebo, shade over the senior sand pit, company programs, library books and general materials for students. The funds raised through the Ritchies' Community Benefit Card program have meant that the school does not have to raise the money to pay for the Community Centre. Balnarring Primary School had received almost $90,000 at the beginning of 2003.
“The Community Centre is used for instrumental music lessons, during the day for class activities and after school for the After School Care Program. It is also used for meetings of other organisations eg Scouts and Netball. The whole community really does benefit from Ritchies' Community Benefit Card program. Thank you for your continuing support.”
Graeme Sweatman, Principal,
Balnarring Primary School