Essential reading: Riverstone Public School students Jake Sawtell, Hayley Sawtell, Evie Zarka and Callum Zarka hope to crowd fund $10 000 to rejuvenate their school’s library. Riverstone Public School have launched a unique crowdfunding campaign to help rejuvenate their school’s library.

Water and rodent damage has led to limited resources in the schools large and vibrant library.

The book shelves are mainly empty –with somesecond hand book donations.

With a goal of$10,000, the Dymocks Children’s Charities has committed to a Library Regeneration program at the primary school and will match the money raised, returning it to the school in the form of $20,000 worth ofbrand new books.

Dymocks Children’s Charities general managerPaul Swain said the charity’svision was to provide resources to kids whowill benefit the most.

“Our vision is to change kids lives one book at a time,” he said.

It’s hoped additional resources will allow pupils to participate in the Premier’s Reading Challenge.

The challenge aims to encourage a love of reading for leisure and pleasure in students, and to enablethem to experience quality literature.

“The school will choose the books they receive,” Mr Swain said.

“Every single one.

“Which means they can choose books on the list so students find it easier to complete the challenge.”

Dymocks Children’s Charities is the only charity in Australia that provides a free choice of books to schools.

In 2015 alone they worked with 86 schools, 16,500 children and donated 22,500 books.

Riverstone Public School is urging the community and local businesses to get behind their campaign and help create a learning centre for students where they are encouraged “toread, to read more and to read more widely”.

“We are encouraging the school to help themselves and then we will give them a leg up,” Mr Swain said. Deadline:Friday, September 2.

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