Students of Mulwala Public School enjoyed the warm weather and their new books at Mulwala Foreshore recently when the school P&C presented them with their bi-annual $20 book pack provided by the P&C.
This was the third year the initiative has taken place and the second time this year the students have received books from the P&C to encourage their reading.
In terms two and four all 54 students enrolled in the school received $20 worth of books provided by the schools P&C.
A major benefit to the initiative is that the children themselves were able to decide which books they received.
Students enjoyed the opportunity to choose their favourite books from the Book Club catalogue varying in both size and price meaning a wide variety of books and genres were given out throughout each year group.
P&C vice president Karen Fraser said some students used value for money to get their money’s worth of books and it was good to see the variance in sizes, amounts and genres.
“Some kids will get half a dozen books cause they’ve done well spending their budget and they really enjoy picking their own,” Karen said.
“Our only restriction is that it has to be a reading book.”
Mulwala Public P&C president Seona Wheeler said that the P&C fundraise throughout the year to have the money to provide each child with books and the children become very excited to receive their packs.
“We fundraise throughout the year through our major fundraiser in the annual Easter markets as well as events such as the blue light disco and Murray River Rumble,” Seona said.
“The kids love it, they have been talking about it all day.”
Year three student Ruby Thomas and year five student Kealey House displayed this excitement as they said they really enjoy reading and it is a good program.
“It’s really fun being down here and getting our books,” Ruby said.
“I enjoy reading and getting my head stuck into the feature of the book.”
“I like how the P&C put in a lot of effort into making sure we have books so that we can read,” Kealey said.
“The school is very encouraging to us to read and they supply a lot of books in the library for us to take home and enjoy so it’s good of the P&C to provide us with books.”
Principal Gayle Pinn said the initiative was a great one to have in a primary school as it has many benefits on the children at a young age from encouraging them to read as well as teaching them about money by giving them a price limit and letting them use it to their own advantage.
“As a school we are very fortunate to have such a supportive P&C who donated every student $20 worth of books,” Gayle said.
“Reading is an imperative skill which we all need to continue to encourage.
“Every student was excited and thankful to receive their package of books. I urge all parents to support the P&C, so they can continue to provide this level of support for your children.”