Representatives of Bank First joined NETschool mentors and BSSC Principal, Dale Pearce, at the NETschool campus this afternoon to present a very special cheque.

The funding is part of the Teaching Initiatives Program sponsored by the First Bank Community Fund and will support the Karen gardening and cooking project. The project, developed by NETschool mentors Jim Cowie and Rohan Wightman, will involve BSSC Karen students teaching NETschool learners to cook using ingredients grown in the Karen garden at Gravel Hill Community Garden.

“Students will start by learning what vegetables are used in Karen cooking and liaising with staff at Gravel Hill garden and the Karen community,” Jim Cowie said. “They will apply their learning to cooking healthy meals and there are also plans that include documenting the project in a range media such as blogging, podcasting and short film.”

BSSC Principal Dale Pearce thanked Bank First for their ongoing support of Victorian schools and teaching initiatives.

“The benefits of this funding will be tangible,” he said, “building community and enhancing student learning. The college, and particularly NETschool, are so appreciative of the support.”