Palm Lake link-up shares knowledge with today's youth

ON THE eve of the United Nations International Day of Older Persons on October 1, Palm Lake Resort residents
across the nation continue to make a huge difference in their local communities.

In one of the most successful partnerships, Palm Lake Resort Eagleby residents are regularly volunteering alongside students at Eagleby State School in the school's breakfast program, reading and general classroom duties, woodwork club and more.

Eagleby State School principal Libby Jordan says the Palm Lake Resort volunteers make a huge difference in the school's community.

"The partnership with Palm Lake Resort has led to improved student outcomes and improved community confidence and pride in our school," Libby says.

"The support we get from the residents at Palm Lake Resort will not only help our students, but guide them to make amazing contributions to the community as they grow older."

Libby says the programs have seen heightened results across the board, with 100 per cent parent satisfaction, significantly lower rates of suspension and behaviour management problems as well as increased NAPLAN results.

In a win-win for all, Palm Lake Resort Eagleby resident and school volunteer Kath says she and her neighbours find their association with the local school rewarding and enjoyable. She says the kids also gain valuable life skills, whether it is learning how to read, use a hammer in the Palm Lake Resort workshop or learning how to knit and sew.

"Everybody who participates in the programs goes above and beyond to help make a difference in the children's lives and the wider community," Kath says.

Kath says there are roughly 40 Palm Lake Resort Eagleby residents who volunteer their time at the school. The program has been running since 2009.

Palm Lake Group CEO Manuel Lang says he is proud of the commitment and loyalty these Palm Lake Resort Eagleby residents have shown for their local school.

"The real benefit for our residents is the difference they make in these kids' lives." Manuel says. "It is a fantastic program and I congratulate those who participate."

The Palm Lake Group is a family-owned company with 40 years' experience in property development. There are 23 Palm Lake Resort locations across the portfolio nationally, including four Palm Lake Care assisted and aged care facilities.

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