Mainfreight has extended its support of the Books in Homes Program from seven to nine primary schools across Australia and has launched two new initiatives – the Mainfreight Award for Excellence in Attitude and the Best Book Giving Assembly Competition.
During 2019, Mainfreight, a logistics company, will deliver almost 20,000 books to 5905 students participating on the Program. This means each child will receive nine new quality books-of-choice a year to build a home library and to share with their family, and the schools will receive 2270 additional books to be integrated into their libraries and also awarded to children who are “Caught Being Good”.
The Books in Homes and Mainfreight partnership first began in Australia in 2005 and has translated into distributing over 135,000 books from 2005 to 2018 to children, living in low socio-economic circumstances or in remote or Indigenous communities. The Program has helped young people value reading as a necessary but also fun skill and has also introduced these readers to stories from Australian authors and illustrators; 25% of the Program includes content from Indigenous creators.
Mainfreight has launched the new Mainfreight Award for Excellence in Attitude at each of the nine schools it sponsors (NSW: Matraville Soldier’s Settlement Public School, Doonside Public School, Woodberry Public School, Hume Public School; Vic: Broadmeadows Primary School, Noble Park Primary School; Qld: Carole Park State School; SA: Elizabeth South Primary School; and WA: Majella Catholic Primary School).
The award will go to one senior student at each school who has shown a positive attitude in all areas of school life. Alternatively, the award can also recognise students who have accomplished a major goal, or put in an exceptional effort at their school.
Books in Homes is also launching the Mainfreight Best Book Giving Assembly Competition during Term 2, 2019. One school will win this award at the end of the year, culminating in a special trophy presentation.
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