For the love of reading

2016-04-19 06:00
Learners from Windermere Primary get to enjoy a first taste of their reading room as Natalie Wright prepares to read to them assisted by Leanne Reid from Kidz2Kidz. Standing from left are, Yvonne Damonze, Clive Damonze, Nathan Harvey (all from Metro Cleaning), Darwesa Salie (HOD at Windermere Primary), Ruth Leukes (ECD manager), Yumna Jakoet and Marissa Kensley from Merchants IInet. PHOTO: gary van dyk

Learners from Windermere Primary get to enjoy a first taste of their reading room as Natalie Wright prepares to read to them assisted by Leanne Reid from Kidz2Kidz. Standing from left are, Yvonne Damonze, Clive Damonze, Nathan Harvey (all from Metro Cleaning), Darwesa Salie (HOD at Windermere Primary), Ruth Leukes (ECD manager), Yumna Jakoet and Marissa Kensley from Merchants IInet. PHOTO: gary van dyk

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Windermere Primary in Kensington is celebrating some super readers with a love for books coming from their foundation phase.

Partnering with the Kidz2Kidz Trust as well as local businesses Merchants SA and Metro Cleaning they recently got a welcome donation of books and some special furniture to enhance their two reading corners.

Leanne Reid, a volunteer at the Kidz2Kidz Trust, explains that their volunteer project team has worked with teachers from impoverished communities on an ongoing basis for more than 10 years and recently delivered new reading rooms in various areas.

“Windermere is one of three in Kensington and four in Lavender Hill so we are very grateful to our sponsors for making this possible,” she said.

“With input from Grade R teachers on their specific reading corner needs, Kidz2Kidz designed and built 20 reading corners in a pilot project.”

The bookshelf developed can be closed and locked for keeping the books clean and safe, is on wheels to enable the classroom to be used for other community purposes over the weekend, and filled with beautiful, brand new books to capture the children’s interest.

“A floor mat and cushions are provided to create a comfortable, inviting space for the children to dive into and read.”

There is also a “peace bench” that affords the children a quiet space where they are often found sharing a good book with a friend.”

After receiving positive feedback and observing the success of the first 20 reading corners, Kidz2Kidz have produced another 30 reading corners on the back of corporate and private funding. Kidz2Kidz reading corners can currently be found in Lavender Hill, Retreat, Hout Bay, Mitchell’s Plain, Kensington, Khayelitsha, Nyanga, Delft and Eerste River, with new reading corners being delivered to communities in Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg this month.

Natalie Wright from Merchants SA explained that they have so many passionate staff who believe they can make a difference in their communities, for society and for the environment.

“With money raised through a CSI project we were privileged enough to be able to gift Windermere Primary School with two reading corners. We were also able to spend some time reading to the children which was a very heart-warming experience,” she says.

Reid also adds that inspiring a generation of powerful readers is an ongoing quest so if you’re looking to help them deliver more reading corners, you can email info@kidz2kidz.co.za.

“While we have had great support from corporate sponsors as well as small businesses and individuals, we would like to deliver more reading corners to reach more children and inspire them to be readers.”

Individuals can contribute by sponsoring a reading corner in their family name, collecting contributions and books for reading corners or delivering a reading corner in memory of special loved ones.

“They can also volunteer their time to read to children at schools.”

V On Saturday (23 April) World Book Day is being celebrated and Kidz2Kidz are running a campaign where donor schools can get involved hosting a dress up day on Friday 22 April to raise funds for a reading corner for neighbouring schools in need. Learners are also encouraged to “take a selfie”, a photo of their class in their school library and share it on social media using #WorldBookDay, tagging @Kidz2KidzTrust.

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