Kids get a special reader
It was an exciting morning for children at Glen Innes Kindergarten when a surprise visitor dropped in with some gifts.
The kindergarten is a beneficiary of the Fairfax First Books programme which distributes free books to preschool children in low decile areas.
Fairfax chief executive Allen Williams read to the children and handed out the books on March 23.
Each of the 4000 Kiwi children in the programme will receive four new books to take home over the course of this year. Around 100,000 books will have been distributed to children at 60 of the nation’s low decile kindergartens by the end of the month.
The children at Glen Innes Kindergarten were very happy to receive a book from the
series. The series by Uncle Anzac is a collaboration between owners The Flying Kiwis Ltd and illustrators Freelance Animators, following a curious Kiwi on his adventures through New Zealand.
Fairfax First Books is a national charity launched by Fairfax Media in 2006.
‘‘Every big company has a corporate social responsibility,’’ chief executive Allen Williams says. ‘‘It’s one of the ways of taking the amount of money we get from things like Ports of Auckland Round the Bays and getting it back into the community. I think it’s important to get that money back into literacy for our children.
‘‘For them to get a book to take home and be able to share it with their families is really special.’’
Teacher Kogi Yegambaram says having someone come and read to the children makes them appreciate the gift even more.
‘‘There’s a great sense of ownership when the children receive the books because they can take it and put their name in the front of it. They get really excited about taking the books home and reading it to their parents.’’