NEW BOOK GIFTS HELP PUPILS FIND LOVE OF READING
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
Shalvey Public School students Quintin Lloyd, 11, Mya Lloyd, 8, Micayla Bourne, 9, and Ben Faatoafe, 11, enjoy a visit from Dymock the Duck.