Orion Primary School students will have a few extra books to start the school year thanks to a donation from Philp Brodie Grain’s Community Growth Program.

The 12-student school applied for funding from the Queensland-based grain marketer last year to purchase a reading starter kit, student atlases and student dictionaries for the beginning of the 2014 school year.

Orion Public School Principal Sue Cannon said the school was delighted to be allocated the funding to purchase new books.

“These modern, up to date resources will enhance our students’ learning, broaden their knowledge of the world and their understanding of our language,” Mrs Cannon said.

“I’d like to thank Philip Brodie Grain for supporting Orion State School and working collaboratively with the schools Parents and Citizens organisation to purchase the books.”

Philp Brodie Grain’s Central Queensland Grain Merchant Ben Hardy said Philp Brodie Grain was pleased to be able to support the local school.

“We know it can be hard to find the funds to ensure pupils have access to the right materials, particularly in remote communities like Orion.

“Philp Brodie Grain is committed to supporting local grain growers and their communities, and we’re pleased we’re able to make this contribution towards Orion Primary School students’ education.”

The donation makes up part of a $40,000 Community Growth Program which allocates funds across QLD’s and Northern New South Wales’ grain-growing and rural areas.

“It’s our way of giving something back to the growing communities which have supported Philp Brodie Grain since it was established around 40 years ago,” Mr Hardy said.

Orion School Principal Sue Cannon and Philp Brodie Grain Merchant Ben Hardy with Orion Primary School students

Orion School Principal Sue Cannon and Philp Brodie Grain Merchant Ben Hardy with Orion Primary School students