Little readers hit bookshelves
THOUSANDS of new books are delighting hundreds of Coffs Harbour children thanks to a new program called Books in Homes Australia.
Coffs Harbour Public School will receive more than 2300 new books this year, including books for the library and books by Australian authors the students can choose and take home for themselves.
The program has been sponsored by the Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation, which has provided $97,000 to seven public schools for 12,000 books.
Books in Homes Australia is a non-profit organisation which provides new books of choice to disadvantaged children throughout Australia, especially those in remote and low socio-economic communities.
General manager Kim Kingston said it was founded on the realisation that failing to reach full potential in adult life often stemmed from childhoods spent in homes without books.
Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation executive officer Jason Bourke said Books in Homes was designed to motivate families and students to see reading as an everyday activity.
"Every child has the right and the capability to learn to read," he said.
The Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation distributes $1.5million annually to non-profit organisations in regional NSW.
Further information www.newcastlepermanent.com.au or phone 131 987.