SYMPATHETIC students have donated a sheep from their agriculture class to help feed the needy.
The premium dorper ewe was donated to Foodbank NSW the largest hunger relief organisation in Australia by the agriculture department at Griffith High School.
Year nine agriculture student Sam Hipkiss said it was a thrill to see the fruits of his labour going to a worthy cause.
"To see the sheep being brought up and then to know it's going to a worthy cause is actually quite inspiring," Sam said.
"I love ag because it's great to be around the animals and it's an experience you can't get if you live in town.
"It's an added bonus if the work that we do can have a positive effect for people who are struggling."
Proceeds raised by the sale of the sheep will go towards supporting organisations such as the Salvation Army, St Vincent de Paul and Parramatta Mission to feed hungry families.
Produce manager for Foodbank NSW Lou Revelant praised the school for instilling the values of selflessness and charity in the kids from an early age.
"It's great that Griffith High recognises the value of teaching their kids about the benefits of donating and community involvement," Mr Revelant said.
"This sort of thing instills community spirit in the students which they will carry with them throughout their lives, even if they move on from Griffith."
The school planned on making the donation an annual occurrence.