Students embrace reading with free books program
The Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation provided a $97,000 grant to introduce the program in seven public schools throughout regional NSW.
Jaykila said she started reading when she was in Year 3.
"I love reading because it helps your mind," Jaykila said.
"Thea Stilton is my favourite because I love her adventures."
Yesterday Gillwinga students each received three books of their choice and listened to illustrator Jules Faber give a presentation to get them in the mood for learning.
The students are looking forward to receiving books twice more this year.
The program aims to help students embrace reading and cultivate literacy.
Charitable Foundation executive officer Jason Bourke said the Books in Homes Program was designed to motivate families and students to view reading as an everyday activity.
"Every child, regardless of their social or economic background, has the capability and right to learn to read," Mr Bourke said.
"The program allows students to actively participate in shaping their education, by choosing which new Australian authored books they can take home and own."
Teacher's aide Steve Duroux said the program was showing results.
"Since we started the program we have seen a great improvement in the students' enthusiasm for reading."