’We all love Grub’: Determined students adopt CQ wombat
Frenchville State School’s BLOOM is a nationally-awarded extension and enrichment program and the only one of its kind in Australia.
Over recent weeks, 36 Year 4 Literacy BLOOMers have been actively engaged in learning about both the Northern Hairy-nosed and Southern Hairy-nosed wombats. Both are endangered creatures.
BLOOM Coordinator and teacher Mrs Wendy Goldston organised a visit from ‘Grub the Wombat’ from Safe Haven AACE, Mt Larcom.
Safe Haven is the base for Australian Animals Care and Education Inc (AACE), a non profit organisation which relies solely on donations.
At this visit, BLOOMers donated 145 packets of rolled oats that will help to feed Safe Haven’s many wombats.
After this visit the BLOOMers became ‘Wombat Warriors’ and were determined to raise money to adopt their new friend Grub. Grub is a Southern Hairy-nosed Wombat.
The BLOOMers created and collected a variety of items (pet rock wombats, book marks, water bottles, bag tags, Christmas wombat decorations, etc.) to sell to their fellow Year 4 students and their teachers.
They held a ‘wombat warrior’ shop last week and raised a massive $840.60.
These funds will enable them to adopt ‘Grub’ for almost two years.
“We all love Grub so much and we’re incredibly excited to be able to make such a difference to his life,” said Sophie.
“We must become more aware of the fragile numbers of our wombats,” said Joshua.
“It’s not acceptable to lose our native wombats; we must actively stop their extinction,” said Willow.