Colour us happy, it’s been 10 years: One and All Inclusion Project’s Orange Day

By Lachlan Durling

DISTRICT schools were flooded with orange for the One and All Inclusion Project’s 10th annual Orange Day last Friday.

The day was a chance for the community to come together and celebrate, with schools around the twin towns and Tongala hosting a raft of activities throughout the day.

Students from Echuca Specialist School joined in, with each school or kinder hosting students for a period throughout the day and some lucky students joining Echuca 208 students at Gravity Shack.

Echuca East Primary School had a fashion parade, Echuca College had lunchtime activities and even baked a cake to celebrate a decade of Orange Day.

Echuca College hosted a lunch with students from Echuca Specialist School, Echuca 208, Twin Rivers and St Mary’s Echuca taking part.

‘‘It started to rain about halfway through but the kids didn’t seem to care, everyone was still out there playing and taking part in the activities,’’ Echuca College’s Emily Bongiovanni said.

‘‘A special mention has to go to our VCAL students who did a power of work cooking all those sausages, the music students who brought an outstanding vibe to lunchtime, our year 11 foods class who made a special cake, our students from all year levels volunteering to buddy students from the Echuca Specialist School and our students from all houses who ran their chosen activity for their house.

‘‘We raised more than $400 for the One and All Inclusion Project and provided an inclusive rare moment where four different schools all came together to celebrate such an amazing event.’’

At Shine Bright Kindergarten in Echuca East, the event coupled with a Mother’s Day picnic.

The kinder had Echuca Specialist School students visit in the morning for activities with a very orange theme, including making orange playdough, painting with different shades of orange and more.

Educational leader Judi Down said the morning of activities was the perfect chance to get the community together.

‘‘It was such a great morning, the Echuca Specialist School preps spent some time here and our kids welcomed them into the centre with bunting and banners,’’ she said.

‘‘It was a fantastic morning and to see everyone playing so well together was terrific.’’

Then it was the mothers’ turn to visit for a picnic to raise funds for One and All Inclusion.

‘‘We asked families to share a picnic lunch and some activities with their children to get involved in the community and share the day,’’ Judi said.