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College given grant for online memorial for service people

A COFFS Harbour school's efforts to remember Australia's defence force personnel has earned it funding from the ANZAC Community Grants program.

John Paul College has been awarded a $1000 grant to help it create an online memorial page to diggers linked to the school.

Coffs Harbour MP Andrew Fraser welcomed the funding and the school's commemoration.

"The project will build on an April 2012 trip to Europe and a visit to WWI sites in Belgium and northern France," Mr Fraser said.

The grants program is designed to help NSW communities prepare for the upcoming Centenary of Anzac which begins in 2014.

In the first round of grants 16 schools, ex-service organisations and community groups will share in more than $60,000 with up to $5000 for each group.

Citizenship and Communities Minister Victor Dominello said programs like John Paul College's were vital in helping younger generations understand and honour the sacrifice of Australia soldiers.

"This funding will enable schools and other organisations to engage children in the Anzac legacy, with a particular focus on using web and multimedia technologies to share old stories with a modern audience," Mr Dominello said.



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