The reading room at Cooma North Primary School in southern New South Wales is now better resourced thanks to a donation that’s enabled the purchase of more books.
The parents of the Cooma North Public School have been using every skill they have to fund the buying of books for their school. However, despite countless cake and honey sales, raffles and movie nights, there were still gaps in the school’s library.
Last year they welcomed a $1000 donation from Cooma Lions through the Lions Community 100 initiative, which has allowed the school to buy multiple copies of books so every child in a class can read the same book at the same time.
“Reading forms the foundation of all learning,” says school parent and P&C fundraiser Tania Ward. “We identified a significant shortage of quality reading books, specifically class packs (multiple copies of the same book), which allow teachers to work with groups of children on the same text.”
Using the donation from the Cooma Lions, the school has purchased eight copies of a number of quality picture books, which can be used across multiple classes.
Tania Ward says the books chosen can be used at different levels to encourage reading and discussion. “They’ve been getting a good reaction,” she says.
Representatives of the Club were invited to the school and were warmly received at a weekly assembly on June 2 where Bob Weston, the Club’s First Vice President, was able to inspect some of the books purchased with the grant. He commended the school on its reading programs and reinforced to students how important reading was to all learning.
The Lions’ Community 100 donation continues a long association between the school and Cooma Lions Club. As well as financial contributions some Lions members regularly visit the school to read to students. With that in mind Tania says the recent donation has been part of a great and ongoing partnership.
Cooma North Public School is a state primary school in southern New South Wales. See www.coomanth-p.nsw.edu.au or call (02) 6452 1742.
Story courtesy of Country Style Magazine reporters.