Letter to editor pays off for iPad competition winners
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.