RIDBC Nepean Preschool Celebrates National Tree Day

RIDBC Nepean Preschool students celebrate National Tree Day planting trees with the help of Amy-Lee from Bunnings Warehouse Penrith

Children with vision or hearing loss supported by Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) Nepean Preschool celebrated National Tree Day today, Friday 24 July 2015.

National Tree Day and Schools Tree Day combine to make Australia's largest community tree planting event. Each year, around 3,000 preschools, kindergarten, primary and high schools across Australia take part in Schools Tree Day, learning about the different seedlings they plant as part of the celebration and how to care for them as they grow.

To mark the occasion students, parents and teachers from RIDBC Nepean Preschool planted a wide variety of tree and vegetable seedlings, generously donated from the Penrith City Council and Bunnings Warehouse Penrith Street, in the school playground, with the help and guidance of two Bunnings staff.

“Schools Tree Day is a wonderful way to help our children learn about sustainability.” said Melissa Sangalang, Director of RIDBC Nepean Preschool.  “The children have been learning about the different types of trees and vegetables, how to plant them and how to care for them. When fully grown, the children will then learn how to use the vegetables for cooking.

“This type of hands-on activity also provides a wonderful tactile experience for children with vision loss, helping them to better understand the different shape, size and texture of each plant, and to learn about the environment in with they grow through digging and planting. Continuing to nurture each plant will further encourage concept development as the children experience each stage of growth.”

RIDBC Nepean Preschool, based in Glenmore Park, is a reverse integration preschool which is purpose built to cater for the needs of children with vision or hearing loss. Children from the community also attend and are excellent language and learning models for their peers.

To find out more about RIDBC's full range of programs for children with vision or hearing loss, go to www.ridbc.org.au or call 1300 581 391.

RIDBC is Australia’s largest non-government provider of therapy, education and cochlear implant services for people with vision or hearing loss, supporting thousands of adults, children and their families, each year.

RIDBC relies heavily on fundraising and community support to be able to continue to make a difference in children's lives.