Melville PS gets book tree from Fremantle Men’s Shed


Principal Betty McNeill and Fremantle Men’s Shed’s Les Brooker and students Lilla Salerno (Year 4), Jack Rivers (Year 4), Meaghan Fogarty (pre-primary) and Dane Farrell (pre-primary).
Principal Betty McNeill and Fremantle Men’s Shed’s Les Brooker and students Lilla Salerno (Year 4), Jack Rivers (Year 4), Meaghan Fogarty (pre-primary) and Dane Farrell (pre-primary).

MELVILLE Primary School students are now able to cherry-pick literature from a book tree, thanks to the Fremantle Men’s Shed.

Principal Betty McNeill said the Curtis Road school was keen to add the grand piece to its library after it was spotted in a catalogue.

The only issue was the price tag.

Mrs Curtis was able to solve that issue after chatting to Men’s Shed member Les Brooker, who drew up a design from an image.

Mr Brooker then built it alongside Alan Costal and Marty Nattrass.

“They’ve created something quite magnificent,” Mrs Curtis said.

The tree has been placed at the entrance of the school library, with books displayed on it.

Mrs Curtis said the tree would be the centrepiece of the school’s upcoming book fair and was a great link to the wider community.

Mr Brooker was hopeful the tree would encourage student interest in reading.

The Men’s Shed previously donated about 100 phonics phones – tubing shaped like a telephone – to the school, allowing quietly spoken students to listen to their own voice while they practice reading.

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