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Big boost for school with $30,000 donation of tools

Gary and Leanne Hodges from Narellan Pools pictured with St James Lutheran College student Billy Crole in the manual arts building that has benefited from their donation of woodworking tools.
Gary and Leanne Hodges from Narellan Pools pictured with St James Lutheran College student Billy Crole in the manual arts building that has benefited from their donation of woodworking tools. Robyne Cuerel

STUDENTS at St James Lutheran College are getting busy with bench saws and jigsaws after a Hervey Bay business donated $30,000 of tools.

The school's senior and middle classes will get to grips with the new equipment, including a large bench saw, jigsaw, bandsaw and planer in their design and technology classes.

Narellan Pools contributed the collection of wood shop tools after reading a request for donations in the school's newsletter.

Year 8 workshop students are already benefiting from the donation, saying there are more choices of tools to work with and less of a wait to be able to use them.

"Community is one of our core values and it gives me great pleasure in knowing that St James Lutheran College community will benefit greatly from our donation," Narellan Pools owner Gary Hodges said.

Teacher David Grieger said the kind donation supported the development of the school's design technology department.

"The equipment improves the accessibility for kids to get their projects done," he said.

Narellan Pools owners Gary and Leanne Hodges watch St James Lutheran College student Bella Andersen work at one of the pieces of machinery the couple donated to the school.
Narellan Pools owners Gary and Leanne Hodges watch St James Lutheran College student Bella Andersen work at one of the pieces of machinery the couple donated to the school. Robyne Cuerel

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