Schools get together for Daniel

TWO small Tweed Valley schools have joined forces to help raise awareness for missing Sunshine Coast boy Daniel Morcombe.

Teachers and students from Crystal Creek and Chillingham public schools wore red yesterday to take part in the fifth Day for Daniel.

The annual national day of action, organised by the Daniel Morcombe Foundation, aims to raise awareness of child safety and remember Daniel, a 13-year-old Sunshine Coast boy who disappeared in December 2003.

Crystal Creek Public School principal Brad Davis said the day was a fantastic success.

“One thing we got out of the day was remembering Daniel and the children learning ways to protect themselves,” Mr Davis said.

“We also raised money for the Daniel Morcombe Foundation, which is dedicated to protecting children.

“Another great thing was getting together with the teachers and students from Chillingham.”

Mr Davis said this interaction between the two schools is invaluable.

“We did some co-operative group lessons and games with the two schools.

“That’s important for us being small schools. It’s nice for the kids to make friends from a larger group, especially the Year Six kids.

The day originated from a successful combined sports carnival held recently between the two schools.

They now plan doing things together as much as possible.

With all students wearing red at yesterday’s event, Mr Davis said it was difficult to tell the schools apart.

“We had a bit of a parade around the school all dressed in red,” he said.

“The police visited and students got to sit in their car, listen to the siren and try on their gear.”

Police officers also spoke with students on safety, followed by a viewing of a DVD provided by the Daniel Morcombe Foundation

Couch Spudz from Murwillumbah supplied lunch with $1 from each potato going to the foundation, as well as a gold coin donation from all students.

This was the first year schools nationwide participated in the Day for Daniel.

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