Special Education Teacher Jackie Harvey was overcome with emotion yesterday when she was delivered an election promise to update the ancient sound system at MacFarlane Primary School.
"I could just cry," the teacher of 16 years said.
The announcement was made by visiting deputy Opposition leader, Tanya Plibersek yesterday.
Along with Member for Lingiari, Warren Snowdon and Minister for Education, Selena Uibo, the trio also visited Katherine High School and the Katherine Aquatic Centre, where the deputy leader promised to spend $5 million to transform the pool into a fully fledged water park, if elected at the upcoming election.
"Warren brought to my attention the application that Jackie made to upgrade the sound systems in the school that I believe are the oldest in Katherine because they were the first ones installed," Ms Plibersek said.
"I just wanted to come along today and let you know you've been successful in getting $18,000 to do that work.
"It is a lot of cake stalls you won't have to do Jackie."
More than 12 years ago a sound system was establshed in each classroom for children with hearing impairments and to save teacher's voices.
"We have a sound system in every classroom so children can hear the teacher from any part of the classroom," Ms Harvey said.
"When kids have to read, even though they may have outside voices, their voices can go really soft and a mic helps to lift their voice."
According to the educator, MacFarlane Primary School was one of the first schools in Katherine to install a sound system.
Now years old, they are at breaking point, and in much need of an upgrade.
The election promise means the school could be in for a whole new system.
"Because all equipment needs upgrading or replacing over time and our soundfield system was reaching that stage, the grant was timely.
"I'm just really really pleased," Ms Harvey said, "it will make an amazing difference."