Parents welcome kids’ book gifts

2017-05-09 06:00
Ross Demolition employee Debbie Hartley helps children from Royal Road informal settlement with their new books and ­stationery.

Ross Demolition employee Debbie Hartley helps children from Royal Road informal settlement with their new books and ­stationery.

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Books worth R5000 have been donated to children from Royal Road informal settlement in Maitland on Thursday 27 April. About 15 children were encouraged to read and write when they received three books each along with stationery from Ross Demolition, which is based in Artreco Road.

The company’s chief executive committee member Robert Ross says they decided to give back to the community after realising that many children in the area were affected by illiteracy and lacked support to improve their situation.

He says: “While being in the community for many years we noticed that there is a huge problem of illiteracy in Maitland. Many of the kids in Maitland are unable to read and write.”

Another employee of Ross Demolition, Debbie Hartley, says: “These kids are so talented, I’ve seen them draw and do all sorts of art. We would love to do more of these programmes in the future.”

The donated books varied in reading ages, from toddler books to those suitable for reading teenagers.

The children were also given exercises that help with reading for fun and learning how to add colour in books to keep them ­active.

The parents of the children were excited about the donation, saying it would help encourage their children to read at home and improve their enthusiasm for education.

One parent, Timothy Goliath, says: “It was very nice for the children. We appreciate it as parents. My kid did not have any book like these to read at home.”

Goliath says most parents in the informal settlement are unemployed and cannot afford to buy books for their children. He says the children who received donations go to public school with very little resources.

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