All children attending the Ananda Marga River School have benefited from money received through Maleny Supa IGA’s Community Benefits Club (CBC.)  Principal and Co-founder of the school Prabha Demasson said CBC has been a tremendous boost.  “We've funded music and reading programs, tuck-shop supplies, purchased a popcorn machine, bought toys and wool rugs for our early childhood centre and helped set up our kitchen garden.”

In particular, Prabha credited CBC in helping enormously with the school’s reading schemes.  "CBC helped us purchase books and teachers’ manuals for our take home readers program, starting with the higher grades until we had enough to fund readers for the entire school.”

The music program has always been a strong part of the school’s curriculum and Maleny IGA’s CBC money purchased classical and bass guitars, a bass amp and put strings on all the violins.  “We were also able to buy 22 ukuleles – one each for our Year 2 students which was a wonderful achievement.”

The River School has been one of the greatest supporters of CBC since its inception having received over $50,700.

“The school has a great community of dedicated parents” said Prabha. “CBC provides a fair and equitable way of distributing funds as it’s based on customer loyalty. It also saves the awkwardness of asking for money. It’s up to us as a school to encourage our parents to support their local supermarket and we've found that they do… often long after their children have left.”

Prabha is grateful to owners Rob and Samantha Outridge and all the shoppers who allocate their CBC dollars at the checkout to The River School.  “Rob and Sam are so gracious and have always supported the school. Now it’s inspiring to see that support come full circle with some of our beautiful past students taking up positions in the store.”

For more information about the Ananda Marga River School visit www.amriverschool.org. To find out how to support this and many other community groups, ask for information next time you’re at the checkout or download a form at www.malenyiga.com.au

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