Book fair opens more options for schoolkids
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.