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The recent heavy rain and subsequent flood event in the Goulburn Valley region created significant challenges for the local area, including the Shepparton Campus of the Berry Street School.

It was also a time when our community came together in a spirit of cooperation, perseverance and assistance for those in need.

The Greater Shepparton Council, along with the Lighthouse Project, responded with a Rapid Relief Team at the Shepparton Showgrounds. This included sandbagging, setting up temporary housing and handing out food packages.

Several Berry Street School students pitched in to volunteer their time to assist with the response. Adam B, Mackenzie H, Jaylen B and Noah F all made their way to the showgrounds to help.

Berry Street School staff and students packed food boxes for the local community. Pictured (L to R): Blake, Troy Snelling, Leader of Wellbeing, Berry Street School, Mackenzie and Makayla.

“It was a really good turnout,” said Mackenzie, who assisted by putting together some of the 800 food boxes that were sent out.

“There were more than enough people who turned up to help out.”

Noah, who spent two hours filling sandbags along with his brother, said he just felt the need to help.

“It was just something I could do,” he said.

Berry Street School community comes together to sandbag flood prone areas in the region.

Shepparton Campus VCAL teacher Stuart Shaw said it was fantastic to see the Berry Street School students step up in a time of need.

“That’s great that they took the initiative to do that,” he said. “It just makes you really proud”.

Photographs have been provided to the Berry Street School with permission.

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