Kids grab books

2017-02-07 06:01
Zerilda Park Primary School principal Lorna Engeldoe with Grade 3 learners Britney Gabriels, Robin-Lee Thromp and Beulah Pipes at the official opening of the school’s library.  PHOTO: TIYESE JERANJI

Zerilda Park Primary School principal Lorna Engeldoe with Grade 3 learners Britney Gabriels, Robin-Lee Thromp and Beulah Pipes at the official opening of the school’s library. PHOTO: TIYESE JERANJI

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American children’s author Dr Seuss once wrote: “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”

This will soon be a reality for learners at Zerilda Park Primary School in Seawinds after their library was officially opened last Tuesday.

Learners were told about the importance of reading and how they should make use of their library. The library has 4000 books at the moment and will be used by 1300 learners at the school.

Speakers emphasised the importance of reading and that the learners should grab the opportunity of having their own library.

Through collaboration by organisations like Learning in Reach, the Bookery and School Aid UK with local businesses and volunteers an unused classroom was turned into a library.

The official opening was attended by representatives of different organisations, principals and premier Helen Zille.

Principal Lorna Engeldo says it was a significant event because they were setting in motion a process that could change many individuals through reading.

“Communities seek alternatives to bring children off the streets full of drugs and crime. A lot of people had lost hope because they don’t have the resources, but this library has brought hope – not only to the children of this school but to the community.

“We have seen how our children thirst for knowledge and they are faced with the challenge of no quiet place to complete homework or to read. This library will unlock so many doors for our children.”

Leanne Reid, project manager of Learning in Reach, invited the learners to use the library.

“We want you to make use of the library. Walk into it and start reading. Learn about anything you want to know. Make new friends and with these friends you will never be alone. Discover your inner self, escape from Seawinds, Zerilda Park, escape the world and unlock your full potential through reading,” says Reid.

After cutting the ribbon Zille sat down with a group of children and read to them. She told the children learning to read was difficult for her.

“The most important thing you will ever learn is to read. I remember when I first started to learn to read it was difficult, very difficult.

“Read every single day and the more you do it, it will become easy. Put time aside to read; it will help you,” she says.

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