Centacare Back to School Project expects to give away 750 stationery packs to low-income families in Geraldton

Jessica MoroneyGeraldton Guardian
Centacare staff prepare for the Back to School program.
Camera IconCentacare staff prepare for the Back to School program. Credit: Supplied

A four-day program to help low-income families in Geraldton get their kids ready for school by providing compulsory school items for kindergarten to Year 12 students is back this year.

Centacare Family Services will hold its annual Back to School Project for families struggling to make ends meet on Monday, January 23, to Friday, January 27, excluding Australia Day.

Subject to a brief assessment to identify family needs, students will receive stationery packs and uniform vouchers to prepare them for school this year.

A Centacare spokesperson said the service expected to provide 750 stationery packs to eligible families.

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“This program aims to ease the financial burden for low-income families at the beginning of the year, enabling children continued access quality education,” the spokesperson said.

“The BSP project continues to receive excellent community support and feedback from parents and schools, and we also believe that programs of such scale help to build local connections and community resilience.”

Applicants require a Health Care Card and family income statements and pay a $2 cash administration fee per child.

The project, supported through Lotterywest grants, will run from 9am-3pm at Centacare Family Services at 3 Maitland Street.

To volunteer or donate, contact Centacare on 9921 1433.

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