School library shelves fill up

Caradale Primary Schools spelling bee group, with Plainsman marketing and brand officer, Deborah Monisi; Read to Rise facilitator Mogammat Nur Oliver; deputy principal Dawn Cockrill; Read to Rise programme manager, Roscoe Williams; and principal, Ezra Carelse with the books that were donated to the school last Thursday, October 17.

Caradale Primary School’s new library got a boost last week when 439 books were added to the shelves.

As part of our 40th anniversary celebrations, the Plainsman partnered with Read to Rise for a book drive to stock the library, which was built between October last year and February.

Read to Rise is a non-profit organisation committed to promoting youth literacy in schools in South Africa’s under-resourced communities.

The books were generously donated by readers from across the city who could drop off new or used books at Bargain Book stores.

While the school has not officially opened its library, it is in use and the shelves are slowly filling up. They were selected by Read to Rise to receive the donation because they were one of the schools with a new library, said Roscoe Williams, programme manager of Read to Rise.

Deputy principal, Dawn Cockrill, who manages the new library, was excited to receive the books and said the pupils are eager to use them.

“The children use the library during break time, they are already coming up with more ways to make the library fun like having the pupils sit outside of the library and read the books,” she said.

The Spelling Bee group, which is part
of their after-school programme called Game Changers, makes use of the library often to practise their spelling, said Ms Cockrill.

The school was thankful to those who donated the books, and hope to fill the shelves by next year.

For more information on donating books, contact the school at 021 391 2079.