THANKS to the support from the Orange community students at Orange East Public School will have hands- on lessons in sustainability.
The school’s annual East Orange village market was held on Sunday with more than $12,000 raised to go towards the construction of a student kitchen.
Orange East Public School P&C president Katrina Smith said the market committee was amazed by the support.
“At least 5000 people come through, it was just amazing,” she said.
“The weather was perfect, I don’t think we could’ve asked for anything better.”
Funds from this and last year’s markets will go towards the kitchen with students to learn how to cook the vegetables they grow in their gardens.
Mrs Smith said the students will learn to “sow, grow and cook” as part of their classes.
“We want to take it to the next level and show them what they can do with it,” she said.
“We want to show them from a grassroots level.”
Mrs Smith said she is hopeful they will have enough funds to finish off the kitchen and have students cooking by the end of this year.
“I’m really crossing my fingers that this will finish it,” she said.
“It will finish off the oven, fridge, microwave, bench tops, the big ticket items.
“It’s certainly got to the point where we’ll start booking the kids in there.”
Mrs Smith thanked the Orange business community for their support and the markets committee for their time and efforts.
“I’m really proud, I think we worked well together as a team.”