Please check out some of the detailed testimonials about the Books in Homes Program from some of our Principals and Books in Homes Coordinators at participating schools.
Majella Catholic Primary School, WA
“Majella Catholic Primary School is a small Catholic school in a very low socio-economic demographic. Seventy-five percent of our students are from a non-English speaking background. Books are not necessarily a priority within the family budget and therefore the Books in Homes Program is the only opportunity for many of our students to have books at home that they can access anytime. Majella first discovered the Books in Home Program several years ago and recognised the benefits that flowed through to our students immediately. Indeed, we instantly saw the benefits. There is a great deal of excitement on the faces of many students when they actually choose their books and then later when they receive their books to keep. From an education point-of-view we know that home reading was now possible. We also have seen a love of reading developing in many children over the years, especially as it is the children who are able to choose books of interest to them.
As this Program is provided to Majella as a result of the generous support of Mainfreight, it teaches the children the importance and value of generosity and, the benefits and reward in giving as much as in receiving. When the representatives from Mainfreight visit Majella for Book Giving Assemblies and get to witness the children’s excitement when receiving their books they also reap the benefit of seeing their generosity first hand. Furthermore, when Role Models attend the Book Giving Assemblies the children get to embrace words and stories and how exciting adventures can happen through reading. We have also seen improvement in the children’s literacy, whether this be through reading or writing. Also in their general knowledge as the diversity of genres is very wide in the books they can select from.
I would absolutely, without a doubt, recommend this wonderful Program for all of the aforementioned reasons.”