Reading is an essential tool for life and on Monday, September 1, Jacob Loko and Lloyd Perrett paid a special visit to the students at Narwee Public School to launch the Dymock’s Children’s Charities “School Library Regeneration Program” and speak to the students about the importance of reading.
In scenes reminiscent to Christmas morning, a pile of boxes tied with ribbons were stacked at the front of the school assembly, with 300 eager students from kinder to year 6 looking on in anticipation to see what exciting new books were going to be revealed.
The morning was in celebration of Dymocks Children’s Charities – in conjunction with the local Lantern Clubs – regeneration of libraries in six primary schools in the Canterbury area, in their steps to improve the resourcing of school libraries around Australia.
Lloyd and Jacob were great with the kids. Lloyd shared his reading experiences and spoke to the students about his favourite book from when he was a kid – “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” by Eric Carle.
Finally, Christmas arrived and the sounds of laughter, joy and excitement were deafening as the kids took off the ribbons and ripped open the boxes! Lloyd and Jacob were amongst the action and when the books were revealed they paired up with small groups of students to read some of their new books.
After a quick team discussion Jacob and Lloyd were unanimous in their favourite book selection of “The Ugliest Dog in the World” by Bruce Whatley, and with little prompting chose to read it to the students. From the sound of giggles and laughter erupting we think the students agreed with the player’s selection.
Dymocks Children’s Charities recognises that reading is an essential tool for life and has developed a unique literacy support program that encourages students to cultivate a love for books and read every day “just because they want to”. Quite simply it’s about getting great books into their hands! For more information on the charity - http://dcc.gofundraise.com.au/cms/libraryregenerationprojects