Book box prompts com­mu­nity to read

North Waikato News - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - CAITLIN WAL­LACE

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.

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