Colour of change

Smithton High School year eight students (back from left) Marshall Evans, Elyse Poke, Ella Saltmarsh, Riley Grey, (front from left) Sh’nae Gillie, Farrah Henderson, Zak Ollington, Philippa Parker and Tayla Brown are collecting new and unused stationery items to donate to Pencils Community. Picture: Ashleigh Force. 

Charity. Smithton High School is gathering unused and discarded stationery supplies to donate to schools in third world countries.

Pencils Community is a not-for-profit organisation which supports education through the redistribution of stationery to less advantaged villages in third world countries and Indigenous communities in outback Australia.

One of Smithton High School’s year eight classes discovered the initiative during their research for a rubbish and recycling unit they’ve been studying in English.

The class has taken it upon themselves to collect pens, pencils, markers, erasers, pencil sharpeners and general supplies to donate to the cause.

Class teacher Nicole Chettle said the students identified with the cause as they could imagine what it would be like to be without materials often taken for granted.

“Most of us have a few old pens or pencils floating around at home,” she said, with the aim of collecting 1000 objects.

“We’re making a difference plus [the program] ties in really well with what we’re doing in English.”

Collection began on Monday (November 21) and will end on Monday December 5.

For more information visit www.pencilscommunity.com or to donate, drop your stationery into the school office by Monday December 5.

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