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Hundreds of residents take advantage of School Savvy

Elouise Ramage looking for stationary at the School Savvy Program.
Elouise Ramage looking for stationary at the School Savvy Pop-Up Shop.

More than 170 residents walked through the doors of the School Savvy Pop-Up Shop in Bundaberg today during the first five minutes after it opened.

Situated at the Civic Centre, it's the first time the back-to-school initiative has been rolled out in Bundaberg, with low-cost stationery, uniforms and school supplies on offer.

Manager of Risk and Innovation at Bundaberg Centacare Lisa Kilsby said the initiative aimed to help families get sorted for the school year after what could be a very experience festive period.

“We have on offer second hand school uniforms, brand new hats which have been donated, second hand shoes, basic stationery, pre-packed pencil cases and local hairdressers are also volunteering their time to provide back to school haircuts,” she said.

“It's really important that children can go to school and feel that they are not different to any other student and that they have the supplies they need to feel part of the school.”

Jessie Johnstone gets a hair cut from Stevie Jane at the School Savvy Pop-Up Shop.

Bundaberg mum Sharlene Geiszler took the opportunity to grab some school bargains at today's opening and said it had made the task of buying school items much more simple.

“I came here because it is so much easier and helps us to get the kids school stuff,” she said.

“It is important because most school's have uniforms and things that they specifically need.

“It's really good that they (Centacare) have this to help families.”

The School Savvy Pop-Up Shop will be open from 9am to 4pm at the Civic Centre this week.

Find out more about the initiative here.

Video: Paul Donaldson

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