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Scooters on course for kids in need
Michelle Morris and Boston Herps. Picture: Dione Davidson / The West Australian.

Pre-primary children at Winthrop Primary School are among the first in WA to help raise money for a new charity that will kit out disadvantaged students with everything they need for the first day of school next year.

The children held a scooter-thon this week, riding 10 laps around a mapped-out course to raise money for school backpacks that will be given to children starting pre-primary in February.

The WA Primary Principals' Association set up its Smart Future Foundation, in partnership with the Smith Family charity, to raise money for needy schoolchildren.

President Stephen Breen said each backpack cost about $150 and would contain reading books, stationery and a voucher to buy a school uniform.

He said 100 backpacks would be provided to families next year and 5000 would be distributed by 2015.

All public schools would be encouraged to hold fundraising events to help buy more packs.

"Children who haven't got the essentials stand out," Mr Breen said. "We want to enable all children to start school on the same level."

Winthrop principal Denise Hilsz said the pre-primary students were eager to help and had set a target of $1500 to buy 10 packs.

"They all wanted to do more laps than just 10," she said.

"It's a big part of the curriculum in terms of understanding that being a good member of our community is about giving back and helping other people, and not just being totally concerned with yourself."

The West Australian

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