Young bookworms get a helping hand from Dymocks
READING is a skill for life, and students at Ulmarra and Coutts Crossing Public Schools have been given a literary boost with the launch of the Dymocks Children's Charities Book Bank.
Students from Years 3-6 received their first lot of books for the program yesterday, and will get a new book each term for the length of the program.
Ulmarra Public School principal Ness Cavanagh said the program was a huge benefit to the school.
"It's great for the kids to be able to have this access to all these books," she said.
"It was a pleasant surprise to be asked to be a part of the program."
Dymocks Children's Charities fund raising manager Scott Lockie said he was excited to see all the smiling faces at Ulmarra Public School.
"I'm not sure who is more excited, me or the kids," he said.
"It is great to see all these happy smiling faces, which is what it's all about.
"It's a great opportunity to make such a difference in kids lives, which is really important.
"Obviously it starts with reading, if you get a good base in reading their learning is going to improve, their imagination is going to improve, because reading just leads them into everything."
Ulmarra and Coutts Crossing Public Schools are two of the first schools nationally to benefit from funding provided by local business Koppers Wood Products.
Koppers general manager Richard Bennett said he was proud to be able to help support the schools with the Book Bank.
"For us and other industries around here literacy is important, whether you're a truck driver or a school teacher or the Prime Minister it's all important for every industry," he said.
"Unfortunately too many kids come out of school without that ability to read and enjoy reading, so if we can help even just these couple of schools to make them better equipped is well worth while.
"It's a pleasure to be able to help these kids improve their literacy, and a good novel is one of the great pleasures in life."
This year, between the two schools, 81 students will receive a new book of their choice each term over the next three years.