Students shell out for others
LITTLE things can make a huge difference to someone who has very little, and that's what prompted Fingal Head Public School students to make shell necklaces for the children from detention centres.
The students, who are members of Junior Red Cross, have also compiled a book about the area in which they live and photos of themselves and their school, which was presented to Tweed junior Red Cross coordinators yesterday.
Fingal Head Public School Junior Red Cross leader Lynda Cargill said the students had been really happy to make the necklaces from shells found locally.
"It will show the children from detention centres a piece of Australia that they may not have come into contact with, and also that they are thought about," she said. "And for our students it teaches them to value and respect what we have and develop their conscience about what others don't have access to.
"They also learn to appreciate how lucky we are here."
Tweed Junior Red Cross co-ordinator Kay Patchett said she would take the gifts to Sydney with her next week. "Red Cross members in Sydney are still in contact with the people from detention centres and they will take along the gifts for the children," she said.
"It's a nice thing to do to let them know they haven't been forgotten."