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    Levi Weppner, Xavier Hollis and Jackson Richardson at Ararat West Primary School's animal dress-up day.
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    Judd Wisby, Braxton Minion, Ollie Berg, Macauley Fell and Max Prior at Ararat West Primary School's animal dress-up day.
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    Ararat West Primary School's animal dress-up day.
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    Amelia Bortko and Lucy Knight at Ararat West Primary School's animal dress-up day.
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    Ava Rhodes, Zac Colley, Aaliya Halle and Alyssa Long at Ararat West Primary School's animal dress-up day.
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    Freddie McDougall, Indra Walker and James McConachie at Ararat West Primary School's animal dress-up day.
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    Hugh McMahon, Harvey Keilar and teacher Karly Harris at Ararat West Primary School's animal dress-up day.
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    Willow Berg and April Jarrett at Ararat West Primary School's animal dress-up day.
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    Jimmy McDougall, Logan Sewell, Milla Harris and Ella Gerrard at Ararat West Primary School's animal dress-up day.
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    Sehaj Kaur, Sara Khan and Aiza Khan at Ararat West Primary School's animal dress-up day.
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    Charlotte Hughan, front, and Tiffany Martin, Emily Wilson and Bella Jones at Ararat West Primary School's animal dress-up day.
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    Zara Ylstra, Emerson Jones and Charli Murphy at Ararat West Primary School's animal dress-up day.

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A school project encouraging students to connect with and support a regional business provided the inspiration for a dress-up day at Ararat West Primary School.

Youngsters and their teachers dressed up as their favourite animals as part of a sponsorship program with Halls Gap Zoo.

The school’s junior council decided this year to support a district business and chose to sponsor different animals at the zoo.

Principal Terry Keilar said the school contributed to the zoo each term by sponsoring a different animal.



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“This term was the red panda and next term is the bison,” he said.

“All the kids came to school dressed up as their favourite animal and money raised will go towards supporting the zoo animals.

“This means locals can continue to visit an establishment that is wonderful to have in our area.”

Mr Keilar said the zoo sent information about the sponsored animals each term and the school used the material in classroom discussions where everyone was able to learn about the animal.

“This is our first year we’ve done this. We became involved through one of our teachers who has a link and our junior school council thought it was something good to get involved in and a way to give back to the community,” he said.

“It’s been a tough year for everyone including tourism so for us to be able to give back to a local organisation has been great.

“The kids and the teachers did a fantastic job dressing up and parents no doubt put in a lot of work over the weekend.”

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