School’s out for volunteer Cook

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South Bunbury Primary School volunteer Murrray Cook has stepped down after devoting nine years to helping the students.
Camera IconSouth Bunbury Primary School volunteer Murrray Cook has stepped down after devoting nine years to helping the students. Credit: Ailish Delaney / Bunbury Herald/Ailish Delaney

Helping bring a smile to children’s faces at breakfast time has been a key element of Murray Cook’s days for the past nine years.

Mr Cook recently celebrated his final day as a volunteer at South Bunbury Primary School, with principal Ian Harvey thanking him for his contribution over almost a decade.

Mr Harvey said Mr Cook was a valued member of the school community and had contributed greatly to the lives of the students.

Mr Cook said he had enjoyed helping the students with their morning breakfast club — an initiative offering free cereal, toast, fruit and yoghurt to students to ensure everyone is able to start their morning with a full stomach and focus on the school day.

“I love the kids and the canteen staff, they make volunteering so enjoyable,” Mr Cook said.

“The breakfast club is such a great idea to help out the kids to start their morning right.”

After retiring in 2011, a suggestion to try volunteering led Mr Cook to the school canteen.

“Once I get started with something, it’s hard to stop so I ended up staying a while,” Mr Cook said.

“I’m moving now, so it’s time for a change for me.”

Canteen manager Yvonne Broome said it was disappointing to see Mr Cook go, but he had been a great member of the team.

“It’s been a total pleasure working with Murray and I’ll miss him very much,” she said.

Ms Broome said the canteen was always looking for more volunteers and encouraged those interested to get in touch.

“We’re going to need some more great volunteers to replace Murray now,” she said.

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