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Letter to editor pays off for iPad competition winners

Principal Will Ashburn and his students at Builyan State School collected over 6000 tokens, winning the The Observer's Ipads for Schools competition.
Principal Will Ashburn and his students at Builyan State School collected over 6000 tokens, winning the The Observer's Ipads for Schools competition. Luka Kauzlaric

THE generosity of strangers won Builyan State School The Observer's iPad competition.

It started with a letter to the editor, written by the school's 13 students.

"The kids wrote a letter to The Observer, asking people to send the coupons," said principal Will Ashburn.

They wanted iPads in their classrooms, and a set of 10 would mean nearly everyone had one.

"We were completely inundated," said Mr Ashburn, who submitted 525 tokens for every student - over 6000 in total.

Most letters received had bundles of five or six tokens, often with a handwritten note.

They came from Gladstone, Boyne Island, Tannum Sands, Ubobo and other small communities.

"We want to say a enormous thank you to all the people who helped us win tokens for our school," Mr Ashburn said.

Builyan parents are likely hoping the new principal is a keeper.

Will Ashburn, Principal of Builyan State School.
Will Ashburn, Principal of Builyan State School. Luka Kauzlaric

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