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UK school donates books to Papua New Guinea schools

Staff Reporter 2/05/2013 | |

HELPING OTHERS:  Kingswood Academy PE teacher Tracy Larvin-Smith.  Picture: Kate Woolhouse
  1. HELPING OTHERS: Kingswood Academy PE teacher Tracy Larvin-Smith. Picture: Kate Woolhouse
    KINGSWOOD Academy has made a "unique" donation to help children in Papua New Guinea.
Hundreds of literature books have been donated by the academy, in Wawne Road, to schools on the Oceania island.
Staff handed over 800 titles to the Stanley Gene Foundation, which collects donations from clothes and books to furniture and shoes to help people in the country.
The books will help improve the standard of education in the country – something that is of great importance to the foundation.
Eve Clark, a trustee at the foundation, said the donation was one of a kind.
She said: "It is absolutely fantastic that Kingswood Academy has been able to make such a generous donation to us.
"Some children in Papua New Guinea do not have access to reading books and now, with this donation, each child will be able to have a book each.
"It is going to help the schools massively and we are so grateful the academy has chosen to help us.
"These books will go directly towards helping less-fortunate children."
The donation included both hard and paper back books and will be transported to Papua New Guinea later this month.
Ms Clark said the foundation relies on its close relationship with people in the community.
She said: "One of the great things about the foundation is that people who help us know exactly where their donations are going and who they are helping.
"Donating books may seem a small act but it is vitally important. Schools in Papa New Guinea have very little resources so everything really does help."
Sixteen boxes of books, including whole reading sets, were donated by the college.
PE teacher Tracy Larvin- Smith co-ordinated the donation.
She said: "Unfortunately we couldn't transfer all of the books to the new site so, instead of risking them being thrown away, I wanted to make sure they went to a good cause," she said.
"There were a lot of educational books for Key Stage One and Key Stage Two children that I didn't want to see go to waste."
Ms Larvin-Smith is hoping the donation will help develop links with the academy to schools in Papa New Guinea.
She said: "I have asked the foundation for us to be updated with how they are being used.
"Hopefully, this will be the start of a good relationship with schools over there."

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