Rotary club donates five computers
The Rotary Club of Umina Beach has donated five computers to be used by aboriginal students at Umina Beach Public School.
Umina Beach Public School's aboriginal education teacher Ms Di Meadham had asked Member for Gosford Ms Liesl Tesch for help when several aboriginal students did not have access to laptops during lessons and were being left behind as a result.
Ms Tesch was able to connect the school with the Umina Beach Rotary Club which made the donation of computers.
"Club secretary Mr Mike Curley agreed to fund the purchasing of five Chromebooks," Ms Tesch said.
Mr Curley said club members had been searching for a cause to support so were pleased to receive the call from Ms Tesch.
"When the call came through, we jumped at the opportunity and were more than happy to assist.
"It was the perfect way to recognise the life of former president Peter Micheletti who left behind a sum of money when he passed to be used to improve the lives of disadvantaged members in our community," Mr Curley said.
Ms Meadham said the laptop computers would go a long way to assist the learning needs of students.
"They will significantly improve the quality of education for these students," she said.
"No longer will they feel isolated and separate from the other students.
"These students will now have the opportunity to improve their technology skills and participate in deep-learning opportunities that 21st century technology affords," Ms Meadham said.
The computers were presented to the school during a traditional smoking ceremony officiated by local aboriginal elders.
Media release, 6 Nov 2019
Liesl Tesch, Member for Gosford
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