Reading fever at Moonah Primary School

THE 290 students at Moonah Primary School are set to receive a literacy boost thanks to the Dymocks Books for Kids campaign.

The small school has been chosen as the beneficiary for the Books for Kids campaign and will receive a supply of new library books before the end of the year.

The campaign, which ran from 4 to 12 August, collected $1 from every book sale, with the proceeds donated toward a new library collection for Moonah Primary School.

Moonah Primary School has a small but diverse range of students who are all benefitting from the current reading workshop program.

Literacy coach Annette Hagger said reading was a priority at Moonah Primary and the children enjoyed participating in reading workshops each day.

“Reading workshops are based on a model where students have both a mini workshop and then engage in reading associated workshop activities,” she said.

“Library resources are heavily utilised during the reading workshops at our school.

“Both the teachers and students are very excited about the arrival of all of our new books, they will be a great asset and resource for our reading program.”

Dymocks franchise owner Ian Campbell said the store worked closely with its local community and was committed to supporting literacy at a local level.

“Ensuring that all Australian children reach an appropriate level of literacy remains one of Australia’s greatest challenges,” he said.

“We know that reading is an essential life skill and supporting children’s literacy is a key component of our community engagement.

“We’re proud to be working with Dymocks Children’s Charities to provide Moonah Primary School with new and engaging books for their students.”

Dymocks Children’s Charities general manager Paul Swain said there was a strong correlation between school library budgets and literacy levels, both in Australia and in libraries worldwide.

“Unfortunately, research shows that most Australian school library budgets have either remained unchanged or declined in recent years,” he said.

“This means that old books aren’t being replaced and children don’t have access to new releases, which keep them motivated as readers.

“Children who engage with a wide range of quality books from an early age have much better literacy outcomes.”

Ms Hagger said the children at Moonah Primary “thoroughly enjoyed” their reading workshops and the arrival of new books would make workshops even more enjoyable.

“The children are beyond excited to get their hands on the new releases which will be supplied by Dymocks,” she said.

“New books will give them even more encouragement to engage further in our reading workshop program.”

Caption: Moonah Primary School students, from left, Fatemah Habibi, Lucas Hooper, Estella Bibilioni Tito and Amelia Dawson.