Books to bring back smiles

Whitsunday Times - - WHITSUNDAY KIDS -

BUN­DLES of books are set to see Than­g­ool kids smil­ing thanks to a gen­er­ous do­na­tion by Proser­pine State School. Whit­sun­day lo­cal Kerri Smith or­gan­ised the book drive af­ter hear­ing of Than­g­ool Pri­mary School los­ing 80 per cent of their li­brary col­lec­tion dur­ing Trop­i­cal Cy­clone Mar­cia.

Mrs Smith said she couldn’t bare the thought of chil­dren like her three kids not hav­ing books to read.

“I just pic­tured what it would be like if my kids had to walk into the school li­brary and then find 80 per cent of it gone,” she said.

Mrs Smith con­tacted her kids’ school who were more than happy to come on board.

“(Deputy prin­ci­pal) Al­li­son (Brad­ford) was happy to do that and it went on the school Face­book page and there are nu­mer­ous amounts of books at the school now,” she said.

“So there’s a few thou­sand books there, some­body’s even do­nated a Wii, so it’s been re­ally good and the re­sponse has been re­ally great.”

They are now hop­ing some­one will be able to help them get the books to the kids in Than­g­ool.

“We’ll get it all boxed and ev­ery­thing else but if some­one’s happy to pick it up and take it down there for us we would greatly ap­pre­ci­ate it,” Mrs Smith said.

The to­tal amount of books is pal­let sized and Mrs Smith and the team at Proser­pine State School are hop­ing a trans­port com­pany might have space on a truck headed that way.

Con­tact the school on 4940 6333 if you can help out.

BOOK BUD­DIES: Proser­pine State School stu­dents Lillian Jones, Kate McDon­ald, Amelia Em­mer­son, Ash­lee Botto, Abby Cook and Tessa Jol­ley show off some of the books to be do­nated to Than­g­ool Pri­mary School which lost 80 per cent of their li­brary books in Trop­i­cal Cy­clone Mar­cia. Photo Rory Sheav­ils / The Guardian

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