ABOUT 90 students of Nawai Public School in Nadroga are starting the new school year without spending a cent to purchase new stationery.
The children were handed exercise books worth $3700 from generous former school students in Australia.
School headteacher Rohitesh Chand said the gift came at the right time.
"We are very grateful to Mr Salva Nadan and the Nawai Ex-Students and Friends Association for their assistance,"Mr Chand said.
"The students and their parents will not have to worry about spending money to buy stationery this year."
Mr Chand said in previous years, students had attended school without books during the first few weeks of school.
"Their parents are mostly casual labourers, farmers and not many of them earn a lot of money.
"Many of the students did not have the full list of stationery they needed for the year so they were affected during school.
"But with this help, they will get all of the books they need, lifting that burden off their parents and also helping the school give their children a proper education."
Nawai Ex-Students and Friends Association secretary Salva Nadan said the group was pleased to make the donation.