Golden words reap gold rewards

IT’S golden hoops rather than golden arches at Wodonga Primary.

The school has been gifted an early Christmas present after receiving one of five $1000 sports grants from McDonald’s.

Joanne Russell entered the competition on behalf of the school, explaining in 50 words why Wodonga needed the cash.

“Basketballs, basketball rings and basketball uniforms are all needed in our large, and growing, school to support students and their passion for basketball,” Russell wrote.

“Hoop Time is fast becoming the most popular event on our sporting calendar and new equipment will allow more students to be included and develop their skills.”

Border McDonald’s licensee Edward Aldridge said he was happy to be helping sport local schools.

“We hope the money will assist the primary school to provide the best facilities and equipment for these up-and-coming basketball stars,” he said.

Hoop Time involves primary school students in a series of one-day basketball round robins held at local basketball stadiums across Victoria.

Since its inception in 1991, more than one million children have taken the program, making it one of the longest running community sports programs in the state.

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