Book fair opens more op­tions for schoolkids

Central Leader - - NEWS -

Ep­som Ro­tary’s 18th an­nual book fair is on May 10 and 11 at the Mt Eden War Me­mo­rial Hall on Do­min­ion Rd.

Pres­i­dent Derek Ion says the com­mu­nity continues to sup­port the fair by donat­ing books each year and then buy­ing anew at the fair.

Over the years this has al­lowed Ep­som Ro­tary to do­nate more than $100,000 to lo­cal schools and those in need in the sur­round­ing ar­eas to as­sist with lit­er­acy pro­grammes or buy­ing new com­put­ers.

Last year Ep­som Ro­tary shifted its fo­cus to as­sist the Sports Academy at Rand­wick Park Pri­mary School in Ma­nurewa run by Steve Far­relly, with a three­year fund­ing pro­gramme.

The Sports Academy at this decile 1 school has had a pro­found ef­fect on the kids tak­ing part.

Far­relly says the kids were ini­tially selected be­cause of their dif­fi­culty in cop­ing with school and some had be­havioural prob­lems.

Through be­ing chal­lenged and recog­nised they have im­proved their com­mit­ment, aca­demic per­for­mance and have taken lead­er­ship roles in the school and wider com­mu­nity.

There is now a wait­ing list to get into the academy as it be­comes more pop­u­lar. The sec­ondary schools that take Rand­wick Park stu­dents are notic­ing the lead­er­ship qual­i­ties the kids pos­sess.

Lit­er­ary finds: Browse what’s on of­fer at the Ep­som Ro­tary book fair this weekend.

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