LOCAL SCHOOLS AWARDED FOR COMMUNITY TIES

LOCAL SCHOOLS AWARDED FOR COMMUNITY TIES

27 October 2010

Nationals Member for Lismore Thomas George is pleased to announce Alesco Learning Centre Northern Rivers and Kyogle High School have won Schools First Awards for their outstanding school-community partnerships.

Alesco Learning Centre in Lismore has won a $25,000 Schools First Seed Funding award for it work with Youth Connections North Coast Inc and Kyogle High School has won a $50,000 Schools First Impact Award for its work with Kyogle Youth Action.

Schools First is a national awards program that encourages schools to partner with their community and is based on the view that strong school-community partnerships can make a significant difference to outcomes for young people, including increased skills and greater engagement with learning.

"My congratulations go to both these educational centres," Mr George said. "It is wonderful to see such school and community collaboration happening in our region. Funding received with these awards should help see these relationships between school and communities strengthen and grow even further."

For more information about the Schools First Awards and how your school can get involved visit www.schoolsfirst.edu.au.

Lismore Contact Details:

Office: 55 Carrington Street  LISMORE
Postal: PO Box 52  LISMORE  NSW  2480
Telephone: 02 6621 3624
Facsimile: 02 6622 1403
Email: lismore@parliament.nsw.gov.au

Murwillumbah Contact Details:

Telephone: 02 6672 7577