Sharing the love of reading
Brandon Intermediate’s library has received a jolt in popularity after a good deed from a Wellington high school.
Brandon was recently approached by a group of Onslow College students who were looking for a fundraising project they could tackle.
Onslow project leader Jennifer Randle, 17, says while researching how the money could be used, a librarian suggested helping to buy books for Brandon Intermediate’s library. The college’s fundraising committee and enthusiastic friends immediately adopted the project and got stuck in.
‘‘I think libraries are really important. It really makes a huge difference in how interested people are in learning,’’ Jennifer says.
‘‘They give you opportunities to visit other places and learn things you’d never know otherwise. Anything we want to do, you can pretty much do in a book.’’
The team advertised in the school notices, spoke in every assembly, visited form classes, and then organised a collection day. They raised $1100 over five weeks – much higher than their teachers’ expectations.
‘‘They didn’t think it was really possible, but you should never underestimate – I didn’t want to think small, because that really limits what you can do,’’ Jennifer says.
The money has been used to buy more than 100 new books – half chosen by the Onslow students, and half by the kids and librarian at Brandon Intermediate.
Onslow teens also wanted to see where the books were going, so spent a day with a group of Brandon students – half the day at the Johnsonville-based college, covering the books with protective film, and half at Brandon, where they were shown around and given a formal powhiri and thanks from the school.
‘‘When you donate – it’s really good to see where that goes,’’ Jennifer says. ‘‘It was great to make friends, and it made me feel really good to do it.’’
The donation and meeting the bigger kids has made quite an impact at Brandon, deputy principal and library coordinator Kathleen O’Hare says. It has sparked a rush on the library.
‘‘A thousand dollars worth of books is amazing. We don’t have big budgets at the school and some of the books are loved to death.’’
Meeting the older kids who had decided to do something good for the school made the Brandon children feel ‘‘pretty special,’’ says Brandon student Jaistone Finau, 12.
Among the books that have sparked the most interest are the Guiness Book of Records and Ripley’s Believe it or Not.
The Percy Jackson and Stormbreaker series are also popular.
Book worms: Brandon Intermediate and Onslow College students celebrate the success of a fundraising project by Onslow students that has put more than 122 new books in the intermediate’s library. From left, top, Solomona Logologo, Jaistone Finau, Mika Apineru. Bottom, Serena Bateson, Kayla Wee, Jennifer Randle, Tanya Turak, Quanilius Wikohika.