Growing a generation that ‘aspires to more’

2016-08-30 06:00
Roscoe Williams explains the development of an acorn through an interactive chart. The acorn is a focal point of the book Oaky and the Sun.  PHOTO: Samantha lee

Roscoe Williams explains the development of an acorn through an interactive chart. The acorn is a focal point of the book Oaky and the Sun. PHOTO: Samantha lee

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An organisation aimed at getting Mitchell’s Plain children reading are well on their way to completing an 18 000 book handover.

Read to Rise, an organisation providing books to primary school children in Mitchell’s Plain, recently completed a week of handovers including Hillside and Duneside primary schools.

Roscoe Williams, Read to Rise’s project manager, says the organisation recently completed the handover of 9000 books to grade 3 pupils at the 42 primary schools in Mitchell’s Plain, and hopes to complete 9000 grade 2 handovers by the end of October.

The books, Oaky and the Sun and Oaky the Happy Tree, were covered by volunteers at various volunteer coffee and cover sessions.

Read to Rise believes in promoting youth literacy in schools in under-resourced communities.

As the name indicates, the organisation firmly believes that children need to read in order to rise in their personal development and contribution to society.

They also believe in book ownership and promoting reading through a reading competition run at all the schools they visited.

Promoting literacy is part of growing a generation that will aspire to be more, Williams believes.

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