With plans to make books more accessible to not only students but the community, a team of three literacy advisors took to the schools hundreds of reading books for students to take home.
Literacy advisor for Secondary Schools, Kim Geddes says informal surveys were conducted throughout the year with students and members in the community, and those findings indicated that there was a lack of reading material in many homes.
After reviewing the overall results, the team developed an initiative to address the issues but more so the literacy issue in general, by creating the Books in Homes project, which basically embraced the saying, “if you can’t get the child to the books, then take the books to the child.”
Kim says the books distributed include a collection donated over the years along with books sent from overseas to help students.
“It’s not often we get excess books as we usually distribute them as they arrive. However, this time, we thought we could circulate them better by strategically distributing them around the island.”
The mobile team completed their first day yesterday. attending Nukutere, Titikaveka, Papaaroa and Tereora Colleges with a van filled with books.
Today they will be placing themselves around the island in prime community spots offering the same opportunity to members of the public.
Next term, they will be target the assemblies primary school assemblies.
“We want kids and the public to have as much reading material as possible and hopefully have them all enthused about reading,” says Kim.
Kim says this is only one of many initiatives her department has planned for the year under the Books in Homes project.
Another way to get children interested in reading is to introduce prominent members of the community who would read their favourite book to the kids, and incorporate creative ways to illustrate the story, she says.