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Eagles players help fire-ravaged school
Eagles players help fire-ravaged school

West Coast players brought a smile yesterday to the faces of Mt Lawley Primary School pupils whose historic school was destroyed by fire this week.

Eagles star Dean Cox presented students and their principal Don Barba with a signed jumper at a school holiday football clinic.

Students from the fire-ravaged school were among 100 youngsters who attended the clinic for the East Perth district run by Cox and teammates Adam Selwood and Luke Shuey.

Cox, who spoke to the children about the benefits of nutrition and exercise, described the situation for the Mt Lawley students as devastating.

"We just want them to get the best schooling possible and help out in any way we can," Cox said. "Hopefully, they can get through this troubled time and work from there."

Mr Barba said the school would have the jumper framed and use it to raise funds for the students.

He had been overwhelmed by the generosity of people wanting to help.

"I'm just touched and amazed that when the chips are down, the community just rallies," he said.

The Education Department has started building a temporary school on a soccer pitch at Mt Lawley Senior High School. It will be ready for the return of 500 students on July 24.

North metropolitan executive director Jim Webb said four transportable buildings and two toilet blocks were already in place.

The West Australian

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