Stanwell school captains Renee Koch and Cameron Bleney were devastated to find more than $700 and a basket of prizes stolen.
Stanwell school captains Renee Koch and Cameron Bleney were devastated to find more than $700 and a basket of prizes stolen. MEGAN LEWIS Ml

Raiders ruin schools spirit

WHEN thieves took a raffle prize and $700 cash, they also stole the meaning of Christmas from the kids at Stanwell State School.

The culprits managed to climb through a small space after removing three louvres from the front office and stole a wooden box with raffle ticket money early yesterday morning.

A basket of donated groceries was also taken.

Police are continuing to investigate the incident which they believe happened some time before 5am.

The 38 students of Stanwell State School, along with the parents and citizens association, helped sell tickets and raise money which was meant to go towards their school break-up prize.

They also contributed grocery items as part of the prize pool.

School captains Renee Koch and Cameron Bleney said it was an absolute disgrace.

“It was such a big team effort from a small school,” Renee, 12, said.

“It’s terrible that we’ve lost so much,” she said.

School principal Rosalie Welburn said it put a damper on the festive season.

“It’s so disappointing for the students, their parents and the P and C committee,” Ms Welburn said.

She said all the students had put in such a big effort in selling tickets and donating goods.

The main office at Gracemere State School was also broken into in the early hours of yesterday morning.

A small sum of cash was stolen from the school.

The break-in was reported to police at 5am yesterday.

Anyone with information that may assist police investigations should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.



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