School gets reading ready

2019-12-10 06:00
The container and cable reels that will become the new outdoor reading room.PHOTO: Samantha Lee-jacobs

The container and cable reels that will become the new outdoor reading room.PHOTO: Samantha Lee-jacobs

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Since the rapid expansion of the school meant losing their reading room to accommodate more classrooms, Searidge Park Primary School are looking forward to implementing a new initiative when school opens next year.

The school is using two containers and donated cable reels to create an outdoor reading area for children to use for contact sessions and during interval.

“Not everyone wants to run around or play during intervals and this will give the children another opportunity to come and read a book during intervals,” says school principal Melanie Joy Ellman.

The 11x8m section identified for the reading initiative is situated in front of the school.

Ellman says they hope to have buy-in from business and residents who will assist them in covering the area with a carport.

“We want to cover this so that the children are not sitting in the sun. We want them to be able to sit in shade and read,” says Ellman.

Other than financial assistance and material donations, Ellman says they also need someone who can assist in erecting the carport.

The books were donated by Letitia Booysen who will soon be retiring.

Another parent is currently being trained to assist at the reading room.

The project is also co-ordinated by Desmond Peter Mack, the deputy principal.

The project started in November and they hope to complete the renovation in time for the first day of school.

The cable reels will be converted into seating for the children.

Anyone wanting to donate or get involved is urged to visit the school.


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