Supporting the next 10 years

IT was no ordinary school day at Glendyne Education and Youth Training Centre yesterday.

Sugary sponge cake, strawberries and kiwi fruit and salad on miniature breads were enjoyed by staff, students, politicians and business partners as everyone celebrated a $50,000 award.

A giant cheque was handed over by NAB at a presentation assembly attended by Maryborough MP Chris Foley and Fraser Coast mayor Mick Kruger.

The Schools First Local Impact Award recognised Glendyne's partnership with Lifeline Community Care Queensland Fraser Coast in helping support teenagers.

The centre provides young people aged between 12 and 18, who are at risk of not finishing high school, with education, counselling and rehabilitation. It was one of 68 successful Local Impact recipients out of 800 applicants nationwide.

Principal Dale Hansen said everyone at Glendyne was very excited, especially given such a high number of entrants.

“It means we can continue doing what we've been doing for over 10 years, building better lifestyles.

“If you create a healthy lifestyle and better eating it leads to better outcomes socially.”

Lifeline Fraser Coast's Paul Scully echoed Mr Hansen's comments and said partnering with schools was a high priority.

Lifeline works with 22 schools across the region.

The Schools First program is an initiative of NAB, The Foundation for Young Australians and the Australian Council for Educational Research. The three organisations have committed to three years of promoting excellence in school community partnerships.

The award is aimed at encouraging a healthy and active lifestyle and Glendyne will put the $50,000 into its sporting program, which includes rope course training.

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