THEY bought all remaining copies of The Observer in Calliope, but it was worth every dollar for the team at Calliope Kindergarten.

The kindy was the winner of the Staples $5000 classroom makeover competition run by APN.

It collected a total of 2265 tokens, even after entering the competition halfway through.

Calliope Kindergarten was one of 14 kindergartens and schools to enter in the Gladstone region.

It was the second-highest collector of tokens out of 14 Queensland and New South Wales schools.

Kindy president Ellice Lowery couldn't contain her excitement when told.

"My dream has come true, I can't believe it. I feel like I have won a car," she said.

Fundraising officer Heidi Mastoianni put in a monster effort.

"I bought 45 Observers and spent four hours one day cutting them out and stapling them," she said.

Mrs Lowery kept the news a surprise to parents until the monthly meeting last night.

"It was so hard not to tell anyone," she laughed.

Shaun Jarvis, head of enterprise sales for Staples Australia and New Zealand, said the company was thrilled to present the winning school with $5000 worth of Staples Education Essentials products.

"There was such an overwhelming response to the classroom makeover competition, which shows how important and valued learning and educational resources are to our schools - every little bit helps," he said.

"I'm looking forward to seeing how the schools use their prize package and I trust they'll enjoy selecting from our wide range.

"Staples globally backs educational-based organisations and not-for-profits, so this competition has been closely aligned to our company values, and allows us to show our support for the education of our next generation of Australians"

ALL SMILES: Mums and committee members of the Calliope Kindergarten were full of hugs, smiles and happy tears when they found out they had won $5000 in equipment.
ALL SMILES: Mums and committee members of the Calliope Kindergarten were full of hugs, smiles and happy tears when they found out they had won $5000 in equipment. Michael Richards


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