Wanneroo and Merriwa schools receive books boost thanks to Dymocks Children’s Charities

Paul Swain (general manager Dymocks Children's Charity) and James Brown (Dymocks Joondalup) and students. Photo: Martin Kennealey
Paul Swain (general manager Dymocks Children's Charity) and James Brown (Dymocks Joondalup) and students. Photo: Martin Kennealey

STUDENTS at two northern suburbs public schools have received a literacy boost thanks to Dymocks Children’s Charities.

Through its Library Regeneration program, staff and customers at Dymocks Joondalup, Karrinyup and Morley raised $3050, which the charity doubled to deliver $6100 worth of new books to the East Wanneroo Primary School library.

At the same time, Dymocks Whitford City and Subiaco raised $1630, with the charity doubling the value to donate $3260 worth of books to Merriwa Primary School.

The schools were chosen for the program because more than 30 per cent of their students are indigenous or have a language background other than English.

The program aims to help improve students’ literacy by providing a wide range of books and promoting daily reading for pleasure.

The students put together wish lists of their favourite reads including picture books, classics, contemporary fiction, reference books and class sets.

“Many children do not have access to books at home and are completely reliant upon their schools and local libraries to provide reading material to improve their literacy,” Dymocks Children’s Charities board member Paul Swain said.

“We know that kids who read for pleasure daily are more likely to become life-long learners and that’s why Library Regeneration is so vital.”