Souths Cares’ Rabbitohs Aide Program has now concluded for 2015 with an impressive 89 individual voluntary hours having been delivered to local primary schools.
The unique community Program utilises Rabbitohs NRL Squad Members to engage students in their learning, promoting numeracy and literacy.
The Program not only plays a vital role in engaging students in their learning, but also provides Rabbitohs squad members with a practical opportunity to give back to the community.
“What better way for our players to support the community than to volunteer their time to students and their learning,” said Souths Cares General Manager Brock Schaefer.
“Having the players actively join in on classroom activities positively reinforces the messages of completing your education and how better to lead a healthy and active lifestyle.
“The teaching staff at our schools have commented that their students are more engaged in their lessons when the players are present and assisting in the classroom.
“All the players are trained in the role which ensures their skills encompass current techniques and approaches.”
The Rabbitohs Aide Program is about to enter into its eighth year of operation and sees Rabbitohs players in local schools each week of the school year.
The Rabbitohs regularly visit five local primary schools that fall within the local catchment – La Perouse Public, Chifley Public, Green Square, Alexandria Park Community and Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Primary.
Souths Cares would like to thank the teaching staff at all participating schools for their support of the Program throughout 2015, as well as Rabbitohs High Performance Manager, Troy Thompson, and all the coaching staff for their ongoing commitment.
For 2016, Souths Cares are considering the broadening of their Program to include additional schools.
“It’s an exciting time for us as we look forward and think about ways to grow the Program within a school and community context,” said Brock.
“I’d encourage any South Sydney primary school interested in becoming part of the Program in 2016 to contact Souths Cares before the end of Term 4.”
School principals can either phone Souths Cares on 8306 9900 or email the team at firstname.lastname@example.org.