Books to bring back smiles
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