Jun 05, 2020

Book boost to port schools

Book boost to port schools

If words were coal then the imaginations of students in port communities across the north are set to stoked by the thousands.

FOUR primary schools will receive hundreds of new books to replenish classroom libraries to boost reading rates thanks to North Queensland Bulk Ports Corporation (NQBP).

Alligator Creek State School teacher and librarian, Sandy Amoore, and Principal, Fiona Connor, with students (seated – left to right) Billy McFaul, Annie McFaul, Odyn Ross, (standing – left to right) Jaida-Lily Allwood and Mia Ford.

NQBP’s $8,000 donation to Dymocks Children’s Charities secured Slade Point State School, Alligator Creek State School, Merinda State School, and Western Cape College places in the Library Regeneration program.

Member for Mackay Julieanne Gilbert said this was a fantastic initiative.

“As a former teacher, I know how excited and engaged children are when new books hit the library shelves.  Literacy skills unlock exciting pathways for kids futures,” she said.

CEO Nicolas Fertin said NQBP is proud to partner with Dymocks Children’s Charities on their mission “to change kids’ lives, one book at a time”.

“Our ports span the generations in our north Queensland communities,” Mr Fertin said.

“That’s why we are so pleased to be able to play our part in supporting this wonderful initiative to encourage kids in our local port schools to unlock the power of reading.”

The program is designed to restock libraries with brand new books of the schools’ choice.

“Raising literacy levels has flow-on wellbeing benefits not just for students, but for their families and communities,” Mr Fertin said.

Dymocks Children’s Charities Program Manager Emily Hall thanked NQBP for its support in the Charities’ critical mission to promote a love of reading and improve literacy outcomes for all Australian children.

“We provide brand new books to children in priority locations throughout Australia, because children who are exposed to books and read regularly from a young age have better educational outcomes and lead healthier and happier lives.”

The donation was made possible through NQBP’s 2019-20 Port Communities Sponsorship and Donations program.

  • Alligator Creek State School’s 300 students will receive 236 new library books, worth $3,988 
  • Slade Point State School’s 200 students will receive 260 new library books, worth $3,997
  • Merinda State School’s 55 students will receive 226 new library books, worth $3,996
  • Western Cape College’s 960 students will receive around 170 new library books, worth around $3,999