Children’s Literacy Gift donates books and book shelves to Frankston school

Kananook Donation of books 23.03.2017

Image: Ren Barlow and Michael Block with prep students at Kananook Primary School

When Ren Barlow and Alex Fryer entered the Prep classroom of Kananook Primary School wheeling a book shelf packed full of beautiful Australian picture books on March 23, 2017, the eyes of the five-year-olds grew big with amazement. “Is that for us?” asked one curious boy shyly. The Acting School Principal Michael Block, who had accompanied the two women to the classroom, replied: “Yes they are. Can we all thank the two nice ladies for them?” An excited chorus of “Thank you” filled the bright, sunlit classroom. 

This scene is repeating itself across all of Ardoch’s partner schools and early years’ centres in Frankston, thanks to Children’s Literacy Gift run by Ren with the help of Alex. The organisation is donating a wonderful selection of new books featuring some of the most highly regarded authors and illustrators being published in Australian Children’s Literature today (complete with  book shelves and bright, comfy cushions to sit on) to primary school children and preschools across the suburb, which houses some of Victoria’s most disadvantaged communities. 

The organisation has already donated 175 books to the Prep students at Aldercourt, Kananook, Mahogany Rise and Seaford Park primary schools, and plan to donate a further 300 beautiful, hard back Australian picture books and book shelves to our 11 pre-schools in the Frankston region over the coming months. This stock of books will be added to over the course of the year with the intention of creating a beautiful library in each prep class and kinder that will encourage children to ‘pick up a book and fall in love with reading’.

Children’s Literacy Gift started as an initiative to fundraise and send books to underdeveloped and developing countries to promote early literacy among children. “However, we soon realised that there were children in our own backyard who didn’t have access to books and were struggling with literacy,” explained Ren, a Brighton resident who with the help of her friend Alex started the organisation. Ren approached Ardoch to find out how her organisation could work with Ardoch to help promote early childhood literacy in some of Victoria’s most disadvantaged communities. 

Ardoch approached its partner schools and kinders in Frankston with the generous offer. All of them were delighted, knowing that their staff and students would make very good use of the books and book case to store them on. 

Alex and Ren visited several schools and kinders at the end of last year to discuss the donation of books and what type of book case would be the most accessible to children before doing their research and sourcing beautiful, wooden book shelves which provide children with easy access to all of their new books and the castors which means that the books can be moved and shared as needed.

We thank Children's Literacy Gift for supporting the educational needs of children in disadvantaged communities. 

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When Ren Barlow and Alex Fryer entered the Prep classroom of Kananook Primary School wheeling a book shelf packed full of beautiful Australian picture books on March 23, 2017, the eyes of the five-year-olds grew big with amazement. “Is that for us?” asked one curious boy shyly. The Acting School Principal Michael Block, who had accompanied the two women to the classroom, replied: “Yes they are. Can we all thank the two nice ladies for them?” An excited chorus of “Thank you” filled the bright, sunlit classroom. 
This scene is repeating itself across all of Ardoch’s partner schools and early years’ centres in Frankston, thanks to Children’s Literacy Gift run by Ren with the help of Alex. The Foundation is donating a wonderful selection of new books featuring some of the most highly regarded authors and illustrators being published in Australian Children’s Literature today (complete with  book shelves and bright, comfy cushions to sit on) to primary school children and preschools across the suburb, which houses some of Victoria’s most disadvantaged communities. 
The organisation has already donated 175 books to the Prep students at Aldercourt, Kananook, Mahogany Rise and Seaford Park primary schools, and plan to donate a further 300 beautiful, hard back Australian picture books and book shelves to our 11 pre-schools in the Frankston region over the coming months. This stock of books will be added to over the course of the year with the intention of creating a beautiful library in each prep class and kinder that will encourage children to ‘pick up a book and fall in love with reading’.
Children’s Literacy Gifts started as an initiative to fundraise and send books to underdeveloped and developing countries to promote early literacy among children. “However, we soon realised that there were children in our own backyard who didn’t have access to books and were struggling with literacy,” explained Ren, a Brighton resident who with the help of her friend Alex started the organisation. Ren approached Ardoch to find out how her organisation could work with Ardoch to help promote early childhood literacy in some of Victoria’s most disadvantaged communities. 
Ardoch approached its partner schools and kinders in Frankston with the generous offer. All of them were delighted, knowing that their staff and students would make very good use of the books and book case to store them on. 
Alex and Ren visited several schools and kinders at the end of last year to discuss the donation of books and what type of book case would be the most accessible to children before doing their research and sourcing beautiful, wooden book shelves which provide children with easy access to all of their new books and the castors mean that the books to be moved and shared as needed.
Acting Principal Michael Block thanked Children’s Literacy Gift and Ardoch for this wonderful donation. “We are working hard to improve the reading and writing skills of our students, which are critical to their future success. The more books we can surround them with, the easier it will be to strengthen their literacy,” he explained.