Cobden building bright futures

The Cobden Primary School now has the blocks to build bright futures after receiving a grant from the Fonterra Grass Roots Fund.

Building together: Cobden Primary School pupils and staff with Lego pieces bought with money from the Fonterra Grass Roots Fund.

Building together: Cobden Primary School pupils and staff with Lego pieces bought with money from the Fonterra Grass Roots Fund.

The school is one of nine recipients in Cobden and the nearby area to receive a grant from the Fonterra Grass Roots Fund.

The grant has gone towards initiating a new Lego Building Club for students with special needs.

Cobden Primary integration aide Andrea Clark said she wanted to create a space where kids could socialise through collaborative team building activities that the Lego provides.

“These kids now have the opportunity to strengthen their social skills through play based learning.

“Kids learn from hands-on education, observation, and participation so this club will be full of fun interactive learning opportunities for all involved.

“We’ve approached a dozen organisations in the local area, and Fonterra was the only one that saw this as a great opportunity for these kids, for that we are grateful,” Ms Clark said.

Fonterra Regional Operations Manager – West Andrew Nooy,said the Fonterra Grass Roots Fund aimed to sustain healthy, vibrant communities by sponsoring ideas, projects and initiatives that made a real impact, such as the Cobden Primary Lego Club.

“The Cobden Primary School was chosen as it brings these kids together,” Mr Nooy said.

“Lego has an amazing ability teach kids to work as a team, to take turns and share, as well as teaching them other vital communication skills,” he said.

“The Fonterra Grass Roots Fund is our way of saying thank you by supporting projects and ideas that bring our communities together and make them better, more vibrant places to be,” Mr Nooy said.

Other successful recipients from the fund include the Cobden Bowls Club, Cobden Technical School, Cobden Golf Club,     Timboon Kindergarten, Bungador Fire Brigade, U3A Corangamite, Cobden Spring Festival and the Cobden Football and Netball Club.

The Fund supports a wide range of community projects with grants of between $500 and $5000. Applications for the next round of grants will be announced later in the year.

Since 2011, Fonterra has supported over 300 initiatives across Victoria and Tasmania that focus on bringing communities together, caring for the environment and promoting healthy lifestyles and dairy nutrition.