Nanango State School Principal Andrew Cummings with their Student Council President Thomas Larsen, Vice President Jack Stevenson, and Indigenous Student Representative Billiahna Garwood handing over their cheque to Karinya Aged Care Activities Officer Helen Jones.
Nanango State School Principal Andrew Cummings with their Student Council President Thomas Larsen, Vice President Jack Stevenson, and Indigenous Student Representative Billiahna Garwood handing over their cheque to Karinya Aged Care Activities Officer Helen Jones. Madeline Grace

Kids travel back in time to raise money for the elderly

NANANGO State School's student council has been busy bees raising money for a local aged care home these past few weeks.

The school's indigenous students representative Billiahna Garwood said they had managed to raise $188.35 for Karinya Aged Care Home.

"We had a free dress day to raise money,” she said.

"We all dressed up as if we were living in a different era. The '80s, '70s, or even longer ago.

"Everyone who dressed up brought a gold coin donation. That's how we raised money for them.”

Principal Andrew Cummings said they have plans to continue visiting the aged care home in the future.

"It's a mutually beneficial program,” he said.

"It's great for the students to spend time with the residents and learn from them. Especially for those who don't have access to grandparents.

"Then the residents also really enjoy the company of the kids.”

The student council all agreed they were very excited to spend time with the residents.

"We love getting out of school to do fun things like this,” vice president Jack Stevenson said.

"I'm excited to spend time with the residents.”

Billiahna said the residents were always very nice to be around.

"They're just the best,” she said.

President Thomas Larsen said this was not the first time he had hung out with the residents.

"I've been here a few times,” he said.

"Today I'm going to be doing a speech.

"Then we're going to have morning tea and a chat.”

Principal Cummings said he has been making plans with the aged care home to build an ongoing program.