Bendigo Bank helps fund students in Traction program

PARTNERSHIP: Cleveland District State High School students and staff with Traction volunteers and Bendigo Bank representatives.
PARTNERSHIP: Cleveland District State High School students and staff with Traction volunteers and Bendigo Bank representatives.

BENDIGO Bank will fund Cleveland District State High School students to attend the Traction mentoring program.

The Victoria Point Community Bank Branch of Bendigo Bank will donate $1000 each term for Cleveland students to take part in the Traction program.

Bank branch director Garry White said they thought Traction was a good organisation to support.

“We have been impressed with CDSHS's commitment to inclusion and the support it provides in particular for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island students,” Mr White said.

Cleveland District State High School behaviour support teacher Verena Pohlner said the Traction program would benefit the students hugely.

“What makes a real difference at Traction is the opportunity to meet adult mentors in a different setting which helps students reflect on their choices and actions,” she said.

“We start to see them develop the confidence to consider other personal decisions, including those that will positively impact their future.”

The Traction program focuses on the hands-on restoration and customisation of bicycles while offering youths the opportunity to work in a team environment and learn skills.

“The program has caused a lot of excitement in our school and I have students lining up for the chance to get involved,” Ms Pohlner said.