Kewdale Primary School receives books worth $3660

Dymocks Children’s Charities General Manager Paul Swain and Kewdale Primary School Year 1 students with their new books.
Dymocks Children’s Charities General Manager Paul Swain and Kewdale Primary School Year 1 students with their new books.

YOUNG readers at Kewdale Primary School received $3660 worth of new books from a program to boost the country’s literacy rate.

The school received 243 books from Dymocks Children’s Charities Library Regeneration Program on Monday, November 5.

Dymocks Children’s Charities General Manager Paul Swain said the program aimed to give more opportunities for kids to be avid readers.

“We don’t rate highly in the world ranking for literacy in Australia,” he said.

Year 1 students Anton Zmak (left) and Olivia Prescott (right).

“Primarily what we’re trying to do is to get kids access to more books.”

Deputy principal Dilek Gulhan said the selection of books were chosen from catalogues by the students themselves.

“A range of students had a choice in choosing the books, we’ve got fiction and non-fiction and Aboriginal books from Aboriginal authors,” she said.

“Our school is quite sport-orientated as well so we’ve got a couple of AFL-themed books.”

More than 1200 new books worth $20,820 were delivered to six schools around Perth this week.

Other schools receiving books from the program were Southwell Primary School, East Wanneroo Primary School, Curtin Primary School, Merriwa Primary School and Moorditj Noongar Primary School.