Quota International Tweed Heads president Pam Ganderton (left) with teacher Donna Harding and Tweed Heads Public School Class KM students.
Quota International Tweed Heads president Pam Ganderton (left) with teacher Donna Harding and Tweed Heads Public School Class KM students. Crystal Spencer

Quota has an ear for learning

THE Tweed Heads-Coolangatta Quota branch has donated a $2000 sound system to the Tweed Heads Public School.

Quota approached the school this year to offer the funding of a special sound system to help young students with their learning.

The group’s president, Pam Ganderton, said one of the things the organisation supports is hearing and learning, so they developed a project which enables them to provide a sound system to a different school each year.

“We’ve been doing this for the past two to three years, and we try to get to every school that has a need for one of these systems,” Ms Ganderton said.

The sound system is aimed at helping young students improve their learning by providing clearer and more-direct sound, which will aid in reducing classroom distractions.

A microphone is attached to the teacher’s chest, and what- ever is said comes out through the sound box.

Marg Doust, head of Tweed Public School’s Support Teacher Learning Assistance, said interaction and participation are increased due to the system.

“Behavioural problems are often reduced because children can hear better and they are more focused,” Ms Doust said.

Tweed Heads Public School’s kindergarten class is the lucky receiver of this helpful donation.

“We are using the system in one kindy class at the moment, but will try it in both classrooms next year,” she said.

Ms Doust approached Quota in 2008 expressing her school’s need for the funding of a sound system.

“And then Quota came to me this year to inform me they would donate $2000, which is a huge contribution. I was blown away by theiroffer,” Ms Doust said.

Quota has been servicing the Tweed Heads and Coolangatta areas for 33 years.

The organisation also supports the Tweed Valley Early Childhood Intervention Centre, local bushfire brigades and CareFlight.

“It’s so rewarding to be able to give something back to the community,” said Ms Ganderton.

The services group, which Ms Ganderton says is always looking for new members, is happy to be receiving a bit of recognition for their efforts.

“I enjoy my work with the organisation very much and want the community to know we are here to help,” she said.

If your community or school group is in need of this kind of help, you can contact Pam Ganderton from Quota on 07 5598 4878.

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