The recent Sampson Flat bushfires were devastating. 27 homes were destroyed and around 125 sq km of the Adelaide Hills countryside devastated. Thankfully there was no loss of human life.
COLLEEN MODRA, PCW MOUNT PLEASANT PS
When Colleen, staff and students decided to help residents whose homes were saved but gardens lost, the Bushfire Garden Recovery Program was born. Colleen, an avid gardener and 51 school students have grown plants from cuttings.
Donations were made by individuals, local and interstate nurseries. Those who have lost gardens will be able to pick up plants mid April.
AMBERLEE HAYNES, PCW GUMERACHA PS
A huge music festival fund raiser was organised at Kersbrook oval in late February. Amberlee opened her kitchen to local mums for an afternoon of baking, packing and labelling cake stall produce. She has been a listening ear for school staff who lost property, leaving notes or chocolates in their pigeon holes to lighten their load.
ALICIA ADAMS, PCW KERSBROOK PS
One of Alicia’s regular activities is the school choir and when it looked like some families would not be able to attend the School Music Festival performance, Alicia contacted the organisers to source a free ticket for affected families. Alicia and her Principal agree that music is proving to be a great healer.
JENNIFER STEVENS, PCW BIRDWOOD PS
Jenny was very concerned for a number of families evacuated, especially those with special needs children. “It’s so important to be in contact and let them know someone cares” she said, “people are showing such courage just getting on with their normal lives”.
Through her networks, a student received a keyboard to replace a Christmas present lost in the blaze, as well as clothing and kitchen items for a family who lost everything.
The bush is beginning to give the locals a beautiful message of hope as it regenerates, green shoots replacing the blackened silhouette.