Shar­ing the love of read­ing

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KARO­LINE TUCKEY

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.

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