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    Minister for Education and Training
    The Honourable Geoff Wilson

    Students reaching out to students after Queensland disasters

    Minister for Education and Training
    The Honourable Geoff Wilson

    Thursday, February 17, 2011

    Students reaching out to students after Queensland disasters

    Education and Training Minister Geoff Wilson is encouraging Queensland schools to get involved in the School Aid Floods Relief Appeal today.

    Mr Wilson said schools across Australia would lower flags to half mast and pause for one minute’s silence at 12pm to show their support for students and schools affected by the floods and Cyclone Yasi.

    “Many students, teachers and school communities are doing it tough following the floods and Cyclone Yasi and this is a wonderful opportunity to get behind them,” Mr Wilson said.

    “Students can bring a gold coin donation to school to raise funds for those Queensland schools most in need following the recent disasters.

    “Around 170 schools were damaged by Cyclone Yasi and closed for more than two days while 92 state schools were damaged in the floods, with three schools still operating from nearby sites.

    “Young people were among the many Queenslanders who responded with a spirit never seen before following the disasters and this is another chance for them to reach out to their fellow students.

    “This great initiative has been developed by School Aid, a national school-based charity network that empowers children to help other children in need, and I encourage all Queensland schools to get involved.”

    A similar appeal after the Victorian bushfires in 2009 raised more than $860,000.

    More information on the School Aid Floods Relief Appeal is available at www.schoolaid.org.au .

    Media contact: Jen Zemek 0437 113 241