WOW! I can’t believe that the Books in Homes Programme has been running at Wallaroo Primary School for 10 years – that is almost as long as I have been a staff member of our fabulous school.
Thanks to our then Principal Mark Warner and Librarian Beryl Harris who undertook the task of organising the program for our school, then known as Hastings Westpark Primary School.
A few years ago the baton was handed to me and without hesitation I took on the project.
Being in Education Support, I have come to understand how some of our students feel about reading these include: It’s boring, it’s too hard, it’s not important and it’s just no fun. However, when each class comes into the library to look at the books on offer from Books In Homes, a few things happen, 1) Faces light up and the first spoken words are “Yeah, Books In Homes.” 2) Watching and listening to the children as they pick up the books and begin laughing reading and scanning through books. 3) Telling me they love the fact that they get to select the books that they want and that they get to choose them three times a year.
We are a school from a low socioeconomic area, our children don’t get the chance at many of the experiences we sometimes take for granted, but to see them get lost in an adventure that the story is taking them on, spark their imaginations, give them a chance to believe they can experience ANYTHING and show them just how fun reading can be, for me seeing this is better than gold.
Thanks must also go to our former sponsors Mainfreight and to our current sponsors The Bernard & Mary Euhus Charitable Trust and to all the wonderful role models, authors and illustrators who have visited our school and made such a great impact on our students.
A massive thanks to all at Books in Homes and Scholastic Books for all the hard work you guys do because without both of you this Programme wouldn’t happen.
Books in Homes Coordinator
Wallaroo Primary School, Victoria