FOUR primary schools will receive hundreds of new books to replenish classroom libraries to boost reading rates thanks to North Queensland Bulk Ports Corporation.

NQBP’s $8,000 donation to Dymocks Children’s Charities secured places in the Library Regeneration Program for Slade Point State School, Alligator Creek State School, Merinda State School, and Western Cape College.

Member for Mackay Julieanne Gilbert said this was a fantastic initiative.

“As a former teacher, I know how excited and engaged children are when new books hit the library shelves. Literacy skills unlock exciting pathways for kids futures,” she said.

NQBP is proud to partner with Dymocks Children’s Charities on their mission “to change kids’ lives, one book at a time”.

“Our ports span the generations in our north Queensland communities,” CEO Nicolas Fertin said.

“That’s why we are so pleased to be able to play our part in supporting this wonderful initiative to encourage kids in our local port schools to unlock the power of reading.”

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The program is designed to re-stock libraries with brand new books of the schools’ choice.

“Raising literacy levels has flow-on wellbeing benefits not just for students, but for their families and communities,” Mr Fertin said.

Dymocks Children’s Charities Program manager Emily Hall thanked NQBP for its support in the charities’ critical mission to promote a love of reading and improve literacy outcomes for all Australian children.

“We provide brand new books to children in priority locations throughout Australia, because children who are exposed to books and read regularly from a young age have better educational outcomes and lead healthier and happier lives.”

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