Rieanna believes in a school where parents and carers feel supported and needed in their school to improve wellbeing and learning of the whole school community. But at the start of her Changemaker journey her school and community weren’t working in partnership. There was a negative perception about the school in the community, and in turn, the community didn’t feel supported. She decided to tackle the problem by focussing on boosting parents’ and caregivers’ enthusiasm and love for her school.
With the support of her school and the community, Rieanna applied for a grant to create a community playground within her school; a place that external groups could use to support the community’s needs. They were successful in their grant application, winning $40,000 from the NSW State Government to build a community playground, collaborating with Kidzspace.
In addition, Rieanna and her school are opening a community room called ‘Community Hub’, which can be used by external agencies as well as just being a space community members can come to have a tea or coffee.
Rieanna and her colleagues ran a few tests before launching into grant writing, playground building, and the Community Hub. At the end of last year the parents were invited to attend a parent dance workshop with a professional dance teacher. As a result, parents who are normally quiet or not involved at school at all came along and performed at our Christmas concert. It was heartwarming to see the looks on the faces of parents, their children and our staff.
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Rieanna would love your support for Community Hub, or for you to start a similar program in your school, and she’d love to hear about any ideas you have or lend a hand where she can. Shoot an email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to get in touch with Rieanna and we can connect you. Feel free to cheer her on in the comments below as well.
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