Toowoomba North State School’s 140 students received a literacy boost thanks to Dymocks Children’s Charities Library Regeneration program on Thursday 8 November.

Community fundraising from staff and customers at Dymocks Toowoomba raised $1375. Dymocks Children’s Charities doubled the value to deliver $2750 worth of quality new books to the school library chosen by the students themselves. The school will receive a windfall of 166 books which is at least one new book per student.

Eighteen per cent of the student population is indigenous and 17 per cent has a language background other than English. The aim of the Library Regeneration program is to help improve student’s literacy by providing a wide range of books and promoting daily reading for pleasure. The excited students put in a huge wishlist of their favourite reads including picture books by Mem Fox and Jackie French, classics by Dr Seuss and Eric Carle, contemporary fiction by Australian bestsellers Jacqueline Harvey and Belinda Murrell plus reference books and class sets. The books were presented at a special assembly on Thursday with Terri Martin Dymocks Children’s Charities General Manager and Janelle Fyson, Dymocks Toowoomba Franchise Owner both attending.

Dymocks Children’s Charities General Manager Terri Martin, said the books will help improve literacy opportunities for all students. “Library Regeneration helps reduce any gaps between children from different socio-economic background by giving access to all,” said Terri. “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. It is undeniable that those who are less literate achieve significantly worse life outcomes than their peers. 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.”

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