Souths Cares successfully launched their highly successful Teachers’ Aide Program for 2015 at La Perouse Public School on Monday morning.

Rabbitohs Captain, Greg Inglis, along with teammates George Burgess and Chris McQueen, delivered the Program to La Perouse Primary School students on behalf of Souths Cares.

General Manager of Souths Cares, Brock Schaefer, said the Teachers’ Aide Program plays a vital role in engaging students in their learning and offers Rabbitohs squad members with the opportunity to give back to the community in a very useful way.

“The teaching staff have noted that their students are typically more engaged in their lessons when the players are present and assisting in the classroom,” said Brock.

“The entire Rabbitohs NRL Squad has received accredited Teachers’ Aide training from Randwick TAFE.

“In addition to the Teachers’ Aide session, the 46 La Perouse students participated in an NRL Rugby League Clinic followed by a healthy BBQ.

“The students participated well in their Teachers’ Aide session and were rewarded with the clinic and an early lunch.”

During 2014, South Cares and the Rabbitohs delivered a total of 135 hours of teacher support over 44 sessions to the following schools:

•             La Perouse PS;

•             Chifley PS;

•             Alexandria Park Community School;

•             Green Square; and

•             Our Lady of Mount Carmel (Waterloo).

Brock said that Souths Cares would like to acknowledge and thank Randwick City Council for their ongoing sponsorship of the Teachers’ Aide Program.

“At the launch, Randwick City Council presented Souths Cares with a $20,000 donation which will be used to ensure the delivery of the Program over the next twelve months,” he said.

“It was great to have Deputy Mayor Clr Anthony Andrews representing Council on the day and witnessing the positive impact Council’s investment is making in the community.” 

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