Care packages: Lachlan and Jelenka prepare a care package.


A special tradition is being established at the Havilah Road preschool.

The children have recently put together care packages for Australian troops deployed overseas.

They posted the care packages so they would arrive in time for Anzac Day.

According to Havilah Road preschool teacher Gail Dwyer, there are about 2500 troops deployed in nine separate operations overseas.

The care packages consist of Aussie favourites such as Vegemite, Anzac biscuits, Tim Tams and Easter eggs.

And each year, when the children help put the packages together, their teachers talk to them about the role of the Australian troops.

“We talk about mateship or friendship, caring for each other and caring for the world as a whole,” Ms Dwyer said.

“We also talk about the pride we have in being Australian.”   

The parents at the preschool are enthusiastic supporters of the program, proudly donating goods.

The preschool intends to send care packages again in time for Christmas.

Ms Dwyer said the generous people at the Strathdale Post Office sent the packages free of charge.