OC Connections were pleased to be invited to the Waverley Toyota School Tree Day on Friday 26th July at the Glenallen School in Glen Waverley. The day featured tree planting, face painting, a fun photo booth and celebrity guests. It was a great success for the 150 students who attend the school.
The day started off in the school hall with an introduction from Michael Cole, principal of Glenallen School and the team from Bunnings. Equipped with knowledge, seedlings, tools and enthusiasm the students then headed outside to plant a variety of native flora around the school grounds.
We all then returned to the hall to hear passionate speeches from Matt Fregon MP, Member for Mount Waverley, Anna Mezzetti, Acting Program Coordinator Metropolitan Waste and Resource Recovery Group, Michael Regan from the Mazenod Panthers Football Club and champion tennis player and disability advocate, Dylan Alcott. Several students contributed to the speeches outlining the importance of building a healthy and sustainable environment. We were reminded that trees not only provide shade and oxygen but also home to the local fauna.
OC Connections representatives thoroughly enjoyed the day, which provided a great opportunity to speak with Glenallen students and the Glenallen staff about post-school opportunities for school leavers. We were also lucky to speak with Dylan Alcott about the launch of the Dylan Alcott Foundation campaign #RemoveTheBarrier, challenging employers to change their perceptions of what employees with disability can achieve in the workplace.
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