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Back to School (BTS)

Education is a fundamental right and we know many organisations share our belief that a quality education should be accessible, no matter where you live.

FRRR’s Back to School (BTS) is a national program, which has been operating since 2005, that helps rural and remote children and young people access quality educational experiences from ‘cradle to career’.

The Back to School (BTS) initiative is part of the Rural Education Australia Program. This program helps rural, regional and remote students to access quality educational experiences by providing $50 gift vouchers which are redeemable for items such as school uniforms, clothing, shoes, school bags and stationery items necessary to start the school year.

It is funded by various Trusts and Foundations who generously provide the financial backing for the program.

As at the end of June 2016, we had distributed 132,250 vouchers valued at $6.6M to rural, regional and remote children and their families. Redemption of these vouchers in 2016 in supported the local economy in over 43 rural and regional communities.

Working through local community organisations, Back to School is a practical, positive program that makes a real difference in the lives of children by providing $50 gift vouchers from Target or local retailers, to students in need.

"The vouchers represent more than just a financial one (outcome), they represent and show our young people that their community cares about them and their disadvantage.

These vouchers are a token of warmth, love and understanding and are worth so much more than their $50 value."

VHHS FLO Team Leader

"The vouchers help strengthen our connections with families. We recognise the pressures they face in getting their children to school ‘on the same basis’ as other families. A new school T-shirt compared to a second hand one does make a difference, as does a new pencil case or a pair of shoes.

This ‘feeling’ of belonging is hard to measure but is visible. Thank you for your support."

Rod Sutherland, Principal, Tumby Bay Area School

Applying

Expressions of interest for the 2017 program are now closed.

FRRR will again be delivering the Back to School Program for the start of the 2017 school year. The Back to School (BTS) initiative is part of the Rural Education Australia Program (REAPing Rewards). This program helps rural, regional and remote students to access quality educational experiences by providing $50 gift vouchers which are redeemable for items such as school uniforms, clothing, shoes, school bags and stationery items necessary to start the 2017 school year.

Expressions of Interest from Community Foundations and community based, not-for-profit organisations who wish to participate in the program to deliver the vouchers to those most in need in their community are now being assessed. 

Due to high demand and limited funding, we will not be able to meet every request. 

We need donations to this program

We are currently seeking other co-investors for this highly impactful program.

This is your opportunity to provide families and students in need with the clothes, materials and equipment that are so important in helping them connect with their school, their teacher and their peers.

There are a number of ways donors can get involved including supporting a particular geographical area or making a donation online. Funds go directly into purchasing the vouchers. Every donation, no matter how small, means another child gets the school year off to a great start!

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Further information

The Back to School (BTS) brochure has more information about how you can get involved in supporting this great program.

If you have any queries on the Back to School program please contact the Program Manager, Jeanice Henderson by email or by telephone on 1800 170 020.

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