A new education grants program by children’s charity Variety WA has delivered a much-needed funding boost to Broome public schools for booklist and uniform essentials as part of its roadshow tour across WA. The 2024 EduKids Drive for Change initiative raised funds from businesses for at least 160 schools in WA, with phase two of the program delivering funding to 14 schools across the Kimberley, Pilbara and Mid West regions. Variety WA chief executive Chris Chatterton embarked on the roadshow tour this week and stopped at Broome Senior High School to deliver a cheque for $2500. “We found sitting in an office in Perth, you don’t really address the stuff in the right way, so we worked with the Department of Education and identified a number of schools to start off with as pilots,” he said. “Their student services team obviously know their communities better than anybody else does, so they helped those people most in need. “In the future we want to scale this up, and the intention is if we get it to just over $2 million, we can fund every single school in WA, which is our intention by 2025.” The program was launched to assist school-aged students and their families struggling to provide back-to-school basics, including uniforms, backpacks and stationery. “We’ve got a fantastic school, great teachers, great facilities — but having kids ready for school and ready to learn is one of the biggest challenges,” BSHS principal Mathew Burt said. “With such a diverse population of students, being able to have funds available for students so that they can be part of the same learning experiences is really a great start for getting our kids to be school-ready and ready to learn in what is a great learning environment here.” Mr Burt and BSHS deputy principal Sandi Passmore extended their gratitude to Variety WA after being supported by the organisation for a number of years for various incentives. Shortly after handing over the cheque to BSHS, Mr Chatterton made his way to Cable Beach Primary School to hand over another cheque — this one being $1500. CBPS deputy principal Stephen Price took Mr Chatteron on a tour of the school and discussed the need for the provision of uniforms, stationery, drink bottles and backpacks “It’s a tremendous opportunity — we’re able to ensure kids that attend or are new to our school receive the vital equipment that they need to make a great start as a Cable Beach student,” Mr Price said. “It’s really satisfying to be in a position to remove obstacles that are sometimes in the way of families when they engage their children in education.” The EduKids 2024 grant applications for all public schools in WA are open now and close on Friday, November 10.