Book box prompts community to read
Any reading is good reading, that’s the thinking of Te Kauwhata Primary School’s caretaker who decided to make a public book box.
Rob Burns saw the idea in Gordonton one day and decided it was something the small North Waikato town could benefit from.
So that’s what he did - with the help of students Hunter Hokai, Dion Hook and teacher Maria Farmer who painted the art work.
The box - made out of recycled wood, a solar light, corrugated iron, an old hose to cover the sharp parts and perspex to keep out the rain - has been situated outside the school for about a week.
It seemed to be going well, Burns said.
‘‘A Geronimo Stilton fan was taking some and bringing some back.’’
The box started with old school library books and the idea is for the public to take what they want and hopefully give back to it.
‘‘I just sort of hope the community grab it and run with it because there’s a lot of families that can’t afford books.’’
Hunter,9, and Dion,8, painted the pole, dug the hole and concreted in the post.
Dion has made use of it and said he planned on contributing with his own books he’d finished with.
Hunter said the idea would help people with their vocabulary.
Students Dion Hook, left and Hunter Hokai helped caretaker Rob Burns make the book box.