Life at school will soon be a lot easier for a lot of children in East Timor. And it’s because some of our local Cooroy students started thinking inside the box.

Shoebox Project

Cooroy State School students assembled hundreds of educational care parcels to go to the children of Sao Miguel (St. Michael) at Raikotu - a school about 30 minutes west of Dili. The school has about 150 kindergarten students and some 250 of primary school age. But the area also caters for other schools that are in need of basic educational supplies.

With the help of Bendigo Bank and the Rotary Clubs of Noosa and Cooroy, Sao Miguel was identified nine years ago as a community school with no help from the Ministry of Education in Timor. Each parcel donated by the kids from Cooroy State School will be a decorated shoe box with enclosed items including exercise books, rulers, erasers, pens and pencils, all topped off with a personal item from each student to the child opening it at the other end.

What’s more impressive is that the 600 shoe boxes collected from Cooroy in 2016 will join one thousand others from Tewantin and Pacific Paradise State Schools to create a shipment that will change the lives of 1,500 kids.

Past President Linda Morrell said, “It is wonderful to be a part of such a superb humanitarian event. As the new president of the Rotary Club of Cooroy you will get my whole hearted support for next year and years to come.”

Everyone involved in the project enjoyed the video and photos of the boxes being opened by the students in Sao Miguel