Gympie Special School kids Alex Brown, Oliver Pratsch, Ryley Howell, Dylan Ralph, Jake Harpin and Nathan Maher have been collecting vouchers from Coles for the Sports for School program.
Gympie Special School kids Alex Brown, Oliver Pratsch, Ryley Howell, Dylan Ralph, Jake Harpin and Nathan Maher have been collecting vouchers from Coles for the Sports for School program. Renee Pilcher

Collect coupons and help schools

THAT unavoidable task of grocery shopping is earning free sports equipment for Gympie schools, thanks to the Coles Sport Gear for Schools project.

About 13 schools in the region are taking part in the initiative, which has physical education teachers already rearranging things in their sports sheds for the windfall coming their way.

At Gympie West State School, coupons are starting to build up nicely, Parents and Citizens Association vice-president Sally Edwards said.

Mrs Edwards said she and Gympie West teacher Ged Flegler joined forces to help bring in the coupons.

And it seems everyone from bus drivers to grandparents, even total strangers, are collecting their coupons and passing them on.

“It’s a great incentive to have something like this in the schools,” Mrs Edwards said.

“Anything we can do that brings equipment into the school is a good thing.”

Gympie Special School teacher Carol Badger said they would certainly welcome any coupons from Gympie residents.

“We only have 54 students but we are getting a lot of support for the program from staff and parents.”

Ms Badger said they were also using the program as a learning strategy for their senior students to hone their work skills by counting the coupons into lots of 10 and stapling them together.

To help schools participating in the program, community members can collect vouchers from Coles supermarkets, Coles online, Bi-Lo and Pick’n Pay and drop them in to the school of their choice.

Vouchers are handed out for every $10 spent at one of the above outlets between now and October 31.

Gympie Times


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