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Indigenous Literacy Day

19/09/2014

To help celebrate Indigenous Literacy Day the library recently held a ‘Great Book Swap’ challenge. The aim of the book swap is to help the Indigenous Literacy Fund with their goal of raising $100,000 to buy 10,000 books for Indigenous Australians living in remote and isolated regions.

Over several weeks staff and students donated books for our book swap and on Wednesday the 3rd of September students brought a gold coin donation to the library and swapped it for a book. The book swap has been a great success and so far students have raised in excess of $200 for the ILF.

By registering to hold a ‘Great Book Swap’ the school went into the draw for some exciting prizes. Alexandra Hills SHS was fortunate enough to win first prize – a visit from the king himself, Wally Lewis! On Wednesday the 3rd of September Wally Lewis and the founder of the ILF, Suzy Wilson, came to our library and spoke to the indigenous students, students in rugby league excellence program as well as two year 9 classes.

Wally Lewis gave an inspiring speech to the students about the value of reading and the importance of taking advantage of the opportunities to learn provided at school. This was followed by an extended question and answer session where students were able to ask Wally about his life, rugby league and his favourite books. Wally then participated in our book swap and spent a considerable amount of time talking to students, taking photos and signing books. It was a very memorable occasion for all involved.

If you are interested in learning more about this fantastic organisation information can be found at the following address: http://www.indigenousliteracyfoundation.org.au/.