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Homeless Connect Project

16/05/2011
We should ever be so proud:
According to Liz Fritz, manager of Blair Athol Crisis Accommodation Centre, Southport State High School is the first school to address this community need - homelessness. Both local and state government agencies are planning initiatives to involve schools - at the grass roots level and within their educational program - in this growing community problem.

Southport State High School year 12 students in the Workplace Practices Certificate 2 course took an enterprising approach to develop the Homeless Connect project.

Students - Logan Palmer, Jayde Guymer, Kirra-Lea Goodchild, Tahlia Klein, Michael Searle, Dlyan Bradshaw and Mikaela Luft brainstormed this idea, explored several ways to raise funds, and promoted and organised a food/personal needs collection earlier this year. The outcome was a sizeable collection of contributions - food, clothing and cash.

Students rallied the support of the school community, developed a deeper understanding of basic business functions and developed a heightened awareness of community issues and challenges.

“These students modelled great citizenship”, Liz Fritz said as she accepted the substantial donation of goods and cash. Homelessness is often invisible to the wider community but is the symptom of a range of crises including the breakdown in family support experienced by a growing number of people of all ages.

This is another example of why Southport State High School is the best school on the Gold Coast.