School supporters get pat on back

HARDWORKING Parents and Citizens Association members in the Tweed region will be acknowledged today for the important role they play in the community.

Murwillumbah High School P&C treasurer Phillip Campbell said the day was an annual event that fell in term one each year.

“In 2006, the (teachers) federation launched the first P&C day. This day was celebrated at the site of one of the first P&C associations in New South Wales, Five Dock Public School,” Mr Campbell said.

“The federation had strongly lobbied for this special day as a way of recognising the efforts of local P&C associations. P&C Day is a way of providing an opportunity to celebrate their outstanding contributions in support of public education.

“P&Cs epitomise the efforts of volunteers within our society, where individuals join together and work towards a collective goal.

“These efforts do not carry a personal benefit to the individual nor do they carry a personal financial reward.”

Mr Campbell said P&C associations across the state contributed in excess of $50 million to schools and provided many countless hours of volunteer work.

“Most importantly the role of the P&C association allows parents to have a say in how their local school is functioning and how best to meet the needs of their own individual community,” he said.

“P&Cs are a place where the distilled wisdom of a local community can have real and positive impacts on how a school functions.

“We would encourage all P&C associations to mark this day on their calendar and to spare some time to congratulate yourself for your ongoing involvement.”

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