Tuckshop profits could drop
By SAM BENGERsamb@gladstoneobserver.com.au
Last year it made Gladstone high schools a combined profit of $150,000 for their parent associations, which then funded school programs and bursaries for students.
However, the increasing rate of childhood obesity and the resulting reliance on tuckshops to provide a healthier diet means the profits could drop dramatically.
Tannum Sands State High School tuckshop assistant convenor Christine Trask said students spent an average of $5 a day at the tuckshop, with a total of about $1400 being taken each day.
'"Last year there was just under $50,000 profit for the P&C (Parents and Citizens),' she said.
Toolooa State High School tuckshop co-convenor Ros Rideout said usually about one third to half of the 875 students bought tuckshop each day, creating a $30,000 profit last year.
Gladstone State High School tuckshop convenor Julie Thurston said the tuckshop made $60,000 last year for its Parents and Citizens Association.
Chanel College tuckshop convenor Annie Lloyd said students spent anywhere between $5 and $10 on tuckshop each day, and the school raised about $10,000 a year from its tuckshop.