12 Jun THE SMITH FAMILY CELEBRATES ONE YEAR IN GLADSTONE
The Smith Family celebrated one year of providing its education support program to local children and their families in Gladstone on May 23rd. The Smith Family works in partnership with local families, schools and other community service organisations to ensure that students receive the extra support they need to overcome the barriers that challenge their successful participation at school.
The Learning for Life program offers a range of targeted support for students from disadvantaged backgrounds and has been proven to improve their educational outcomes. Over the past year, 300 Learning for Life sponsorships have been handed out to disadvantaged children and young people in the area, thanks to The Smith Family’s strategic partner Orica. Orica committed $500,000 over three years to help these students in the Gladstone community.
Orica Yarwun Site Manager, Viney Kumar said, “We are so pleased to see the progress The Smith Family has made in Gladstone over the last year and are very proud of how our long-term partnership is helping to brighten futures for young people throughout Australia and beyond.”
Due to the success of the program in Gladstone, The Smith Family have announced an additional 300 Gladstone students will be brought on to the program by 2020.
The Smith Family Queensland General Manager, Alan Le May explained that The Smith Family had made a significant difference to children and families of Gladstone. “We are proud to expand our program to Gladstone thanks to our long-standing partner Orica, and because of them are helping improve the educational outcomes of more disadvantaged children and young people,” Mr Le May said.