Nearly 100 donors have helped Schools Plus hit its first significant fundraising milestone – $500,000 raised for about 40 disadvantaged schools across Australia.
Seven months after Federal Parliament passed the legislation that allowed donors to make tax-deductible donations to schools in need, dozens of schools have received funding to introduce the programs they believe will help overcome the disadvantage-related issues faced by their students.
“It’s clear that Australians know that a great education is crucial for young people to fulfil their potential,” Schools Plus CEO Rosemary Conn says.
“We are thrilled with the positive response we’ve received so far, and thank our donors for their support. They’re already making a huge difference to thousands of students, but we know there’s a lot of work to be done to close the education gap.”
In Victoria, Carlton Primary School’s Leap In To Learning project is one of the initiatives supported by Schools Plus donors.
This week, The Age’s Education Reporter Henrietta Cook profiled this project – a pre-school program for children from a refugee background – as part of a progress report on Schools Plus.
You can read the story here.