An educational program has seen students at Bathurst West Public School give back to the community through the donation of recycled timber benches to The Church Block Cafe in Eglinton.
The initiative, known as the Kids Giving Back Program, commenced at the school this year to provide a practical activity for students during lunchtime breaks.
Throughout the year, the students have constructed four benches, including two with material sourced from the original paling fence at The Church Block Cafe's site.
West Bathurst relieving assistant principal Kristie Smith said the initiative provides a valuable opportunity for students to try their hand at a trade while helping out the wider community.
"Around 16 students regularly engage with the program four days a week, and our main objectives are to provide children with a sense of belonging and give back to the community," Ms Smith said.
"We've had a couple of girls in the group who are already keen to pursue a career in carpentry."
The project is lead by Bathurst West classroom teacher Cath Hudson, who doubles as a trained carpenter, and Ms Smith said students have reacted positively to the initiative.
"Ms Hudson has the proper sign off from TAFE to conduct safety inductions, and we're lucky to have her introducing woodwork to students before they reach high school," she said.
The Church Block Cafe owner Lisa Davis said "the students have done a fantastic job and I'm excited to see customers enjoy the new seating."