As students head back to the classroom, not-for-profit The Smith Family are seeking charitable donations to support learning through its annual winter appeal.
Coronavirus has disrupted learning in Tasmania and around the country.
The Smith Family Tasmania general manager Lesley McKay said that disruption was why it was important now more than ever to consider supporting the appeal to ensure the not-for-profit could continue to help students.
"The winter appeal is vitally important as it is a major driver of raising funds to run our programs," she said.
"We could only operate the way we do by the generosity of individuals, communities and the business community."
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Funds raised through the appeal will help 10,740 students experiencing disadvantage, through enabling access to numeracy and literacy programs.
Ms McKay said The Smith Family used its appeal to raise funds to run its vital programs such as Learning Clubs and Student2Student, a reading program.
Older students buddy up with younger ones, and the pair help each other to read through the same text, to foster confidence in literacy.
Ms MsKay said coronavirus had thrown a spanner in the works for the ever-popular learning clubs, which are suspended due to gathering restrictions.
Nationally, The Smith Family has a target to raise $4.2 million by June 30.
- Tasmanians wishing to donate to The Smith Family's Winter Appeal can visit www.thesmithfamily.com.au/winter