In an effort to encourage a reading nation and to increase the school’s book bank, ward 60 councillor Mark Kleinschmidt donated a box of 30 story books to Garlandale Primary School in Athlone recently.The school currently has 442 learners and they are hoping to expand enough to have one more Grade R class in 2020. The donation was Kleinschmidt’s way of “walking the talk” because he has been encouraging residents to support their local schools by donating anything that can assist in the education process. “As an ex-school principal, I believe that the school library is the community’s central laboratory of learning,” he said.Kleinschmidt also added that his donation came at the right time since World Literacy Day was commemorated on 8 September, which seeks to highlight the importance of literacy. The school is in the process of upgrading its library, which means the donation couldn’t have come at a better time. The principal, Patricia Hector said as the newly appointed principal she has big dreams for the future of the school. She thanked Kleinschmidt for the donation and said gestures such as his inspire her and the staff to leave no stone unturned to make the school a top education facility in the area. “The school, as a matter of principle, is seeking to involve all role players in contributing to the promotion of teaching and learning and welcomes all contributions, no matter how small,” said Hector.Hector said the donation joins the list of a pool of other development initiatives at the school. She mentioned the Bookery and Garlandale Action Committee, which consists of a group of parents, mostly alumni, who are involved in the library project.