Empathy at the heart of school's fundraising efforts
DALBY State School principal Mona Anau knows exactly what the staff and students of Warwick East State School are going through.
The fire that engulfed one of the school buildings at Warwick East, constructed in the 1850s, was almost a replica of the fire that took out the heritage admin building of Dalby State School two years ago.
Dalby State School quickly sprung into action, holding a crazy sock day to raise funds for the school.
"They could certainly understand what they were going through,” Ms Anau said.
"They decided that it was good for us to support another school. There were so many schools that supported us during the fire so it was just Dalby State School obviously wanted to return that support.
"They wanted to help out another school that has just been through disaster like a fire.”
Ms Anau gave an indication about what the students and staff of Warwick East would be going through in the weeks post-fire.
"It's just that you regroup with your staff, with your children and with the parents,” she said.
"They would have had new buildings that would have arrived on the Friday after and then getting the children settled into their new building.
"They'd just really be focusing on the core business which is learning in classrooms and having to park the fire, and now concentrating on the future.”
Students and staff raised $805 for the school, which will fund the replacement of learning resources.