NEW BOOK GIFTS HELP PUPILS FIND LOVE OF READ­ING

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Jil­lian McKee

GET­TING kids ex­cited about books is not an easy feat, but last week the team at Dy­mocks Chil­dren Char­ity did just that.

A to­tal of 182 stu­dents from Years 3-6 at Shalvey Pub­lic School re­ceived their first load of books from the char­ity’s book bank on Mon­day.

With 22 per cent of chil­dren be­ing la­belled as de­vel­op­men­tally vul­ner­a­ble be­fore even start­ing school, the book bank aims to in­crease lit­er­acy as well as pro­mote shar­ing.

Dy­mocks Chil­dren Char­ity CEO Paul Swain said Shalvey was cho­sen as it was an area in need.

“We chose four schools this year and we chose larger schools like Shalvey so more kids would ben­e­fit,” Mr Swain said. “We felt these chil­dren would ben­e­fit the most from our pro­gram.”

And he was right, with the Shalvey stu­dents jump­ing for joy when Dy­mock the Duck dropped by with al­most $10,000 worth of books.

Each child will re­ceive one book each term for the next year to read in class and then take home and keep.

Mr Swain said the feed­back from the pro­gram had been in­cred­i­ble.

“Our re­search shows kids take the books home and read them again then share them with their fam­ily mem­bers,” he said.

“In a small class, kids are read­ing 10 books more than they nor­mally would.

“The feed­back from the pro­gram has been sen­sa­tional – teach­ers agreed chil­dren’s at­ti­tude to­wards read­ing had im­proved.”

Dy­mocks Chil­dren’s Char­i­ties re­lies heav­ily on do­na­tions. Visit: dy­mockschil­dren­char­i­ties.com.au

Pic­ture: Justin San­son

Shalvey Pub­lic School stu­dents Quintin Lloyd, 11, Mya Lloyd, 8, Micayla Bourne, 9, and Ben Faa­toafe, 11, en­joy a visit from Dy­mock the Duck.

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