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ISSUE 57 | August 2019
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HELLO FROM THE OFFICE
This is a non-operational term for the Books in Homes Program at schools, but we're busy as always, gearing up for Term 4, 2019. We've written some major reports, are working with some of our fantastic volunteers, and planning new initiatives and activities for 2020. For example, we were delighted to support the GIANTS last week by helping the communications team outfit their new sensory room. This is a new initiative at selected games. The idea is to have a safe room with quiet activities (books, beanbags etc, along with the opportunity for a darkened room) for families with special needs children. The GIANTS, who encourage diversity and are family oriented, received feedback from some members who reported that sometimes all the activities at a football game can be too stimulating for some children. Now, the book side of things has been taken care of... I popped in to say hi to the GIANTS coms team and delivered a couple of boxes of books the other day. We encourage you to attend a game if you haven't already. On another note, the cut-off date for participation in Term 4, 2019 is Friday 13 September so if you're currently on the Program or want to join the Program then please send in your agreements by deadline.
Peter Large
Chief Executive Officer &
Chairperson of the Board of Trustees

 
FEATURE ARTICLE: A YEAR IN THE LIFE OF A BOOKS IN HOMES SCHOOL — DENHAM PUBLIC SCHOOL

Story and photos contributed by Kerri-Ann Brown, School Administration and Community Liaison Officer, from Denman Public School, NSW.

As a recipient of the Books in Homes Program, Denman Public School in the Hunter Valley of NSW is exceptionally grateful to BHP for sponsoring 167 students during Term 4, 2018, Term 1, 2019 and Term 2, 2019. The Role Model who kindly attended our inaugural Book Giving Assembly in 2018 was local children's author Mr Peter Richards who did a great job talking to and presenting the book bags to all the students. We thank Peter for his kindness.

Many Denman locals are familiar with our next Role Model Gavin Bray and his passion for community service in the local area. The community recognises his connection to locals and their families through his voluntary service in the Denman Fire and Rescue Service and to community events. During Term 1, 2019 we were honoured to welcome Mr Bray to present students with their books. Mr Bray gave a very informative presentation to students about his obvious passion for reading. As a child he was motivated by his favourite book to become a mechanic. Books inspired him throughout his life and after reading Kokoda by Peter FitzSimons, he trekked in the footsteps of our ANZACS and hiked the Kokoda Trail.  After two callouts in 24 hours, a weary Mr Bray generously offered to stay a little longer to engage with Stage 3 students about his experiences at Kokoda. This provided students with a meaningful connection to their Geography unit on Papua New Guinea. The Denman community has some aspiring 7-year-old firefighters after his visit. 

In Term 2, Denman Public School welcomed local author Paula Stevenson and Special Communications Officer Mr Andrew Marsh from BHP Billiton Mount Arthur Coal to present students with books as part of the Books in Homes Program. Mrs Stevenson spoke to students about the inspiration for her books and visited the school library to have a look at the amazing space for the students and to inspect the volume of books, including the 144 books that were in the Books in Homes Preview Packs, which were donated to the library as part of the Program.

The Books in Homes Program is a fantastic initiative and a wonderful opportunity for all students at Denman Public School to engage with high quality reading material! Thank you again, BHP, for your generosity and commitment to supporting our school.

PHOTO CREDITS
Above (top): Megan Druitt (Principal), Paula Stevenson (Role Model) and Andrew Marsh (BHP representative) at the Term 2, 2019 Book Giving Assembly.
Above (middle): Megan Druitt (Principal), student, and Gavin Bray (Role Model) at the Term 1, 2019 Book Giving Assembly
Below: Students and Peter Richards (Role Model) at the Term 4, 2018 Book Giving Assembly.
SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT
Sponsor: Rotary Club of Penrith Valley
Location: Penrith, NSW
Website: 

www.penrithvalleyrotary.org/
What does the Rotary Club of Penrith Valley do?
Rotary International is a volunteer organisation of business and professional leaders who provide humanitarian service, and help to build goodwill and peace in the world. Rotary clubs exist to improve communities through a range of humanitarian, intercultural and educational activities. Clubs advance international understanding by partnering with clubs in other countries. Rotary also encourages high ethical standards in all vocations. The major focus of Rotary is health (polio eradication), peace, international education, humanitarian projects, water management, and literacy. There are approximately 1.2 million Rotary club members belonging to 34,000 Rotary clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas, and the Rotary Club of Penrith Valley is one of them. 

How long has the Rotary Club of Penrith Valley been supporting Books in Homes Australia? 
The Rotary Club of Penrith Valley has been supporting Books in Homes since 2014.

What schools or centres does the Rotary Club of Penrith Valley sponsor?
The organisation distributes books from the Program to various disadvantaged children in the Penrith community.

ROLE MODEL CORNER
Name: Bruce Love
Location: Zetland, NSW
Job: Learning and Development Manager

 
What part of your work most interests you?
Witnessing the moment when people comprehend that we are always learning with everything we do and during every interaction we have. Learning is like life... it always finds a way. We are learning all the time!

How did you choose your career path? 
It chose me.

Who has inspired you most in life? Why?
My partner Leonard. He’s the best person I have ever met.

What did you most enjoy about school?
A couple of very special friendships, one of whom is still my best friend today half a century later. Friendship is so important in life.

What did you hate most about school?
Everything else. School did not do it for me in any way whatsoever.

What advice would you give your 10-year old self?
Be brave. You will be okay. It gets better and life will be a gift of wonder.

What three children’s books were your favourites when you were at school?
Easy:

  1. I Had Trouble in Getting to Solla Sollew by Dr Seuss
  2. Mystery of Disaster Island by Ann Rivkin
  3. Animal Farm by George Orwell.
What would you take to a desert island?
My partner Leonard, and our two dogs Gin and Tonic—why, I have no idea. All three would be hopeless on a desert island.

And just for fun, choose your preference below:

Lions, tigers or bears (oh my!)? Can I say elephants? No… okay, lions. No wait, bears. Or maybe tigers? Can I say elephants? Please?
Jelly babies or jelly snakes? Neither—jelly beans.
Spring, summer, autumn or winter? All of them for different reasons.
Tennis or cricket? Do I really have to chose? I’m like totally not into sport! If I have to... tennis maybe…
Passionfruit or mangoes? Mangoes
Ghosts or goblins? Ghosts.
Planes, trains or automobiles? Planes, but only in Business or First Class otherwise forget it!
Harry Potter, Hermione Granger or Ron Weasley? Harry Potter.
Fantasy or sci-fi? Both, definitely both!
Running or yoga? Yoga.
SHOUT OUT!
A GREAT BIG THANK YOU to the Sydney Sock Project, which was founded in 2018 from a desire to make a difference to  Australian communities in need by transforming an everyday essential into a cheerful and fun experience. The Sydney Sock Project provides a donation to Books in Homes and several charities for every pair of socks purchased. Read more here: 
www.sydneysockproject.com/
We're DELIGHTED to announce that we have a new Supporter in Black Hare Press, which is a startup publisher, based in Melbourne. Black Hare Press has a tribe of around 200 authors worldwide who are successful contributors to various anthologies in the pipeline. Some of the talents have expressed an interest in producing a poetry anthology for children, with poetry in the style of the Jabberwocky by CS Lewis, along with associated illustrations. Black Hare Press will sharing the profits from this upcoming publication equally between Books in Homes Australia and Books in Homes USA. Thank you, Black Hare Press for your generosity. You can read more about Black Hare Press here: https://www.blackharepress.com
A big CONGRATULATIONS goes out to children's author and Role Model Lian Tanner whose picture book, Ella and the Ocean, illustrated by Jonathan Bentley, has just been published. This is a very Australian story of drought and renewal, of family, of imagination and of the power of hope. For more information go to: www.liantanner.com
FUN BOOK FACTS WITH RACHEL
Aladdin, one of the main characters of Arabian Nights or the One Thousand and One Nights told by Scheherazade, was actually a Chinese guy living on the streets of China.
Fun Book Facts have been contributed by Role Model and emerging author, Rachel Armstrong, who is located in Townsville, Qld. You can read more about Rachel here: www.rachelarmstrongauthor.com.au
THE BOOK THAT CHANGED ME

The book that changed me was The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. I was at the perfect age and mindset when a friend recommended The Alchemist to me. I was greatly attracted by the exotic locations and the idea of travelling to these places. The simplicity and power of this fable really took me by surprise... but more importantly, the deep wisdom and inspiration it delivered. A timeless classic. 

Submitted by Marcelo Baez, Comics Artist, Illustrator and Graphic Designer
www.marcelobaez.com

 
MAINFREIGHT CALENDAR – SEPTEMBER 2019
The September 2019 image was illustrated by Lachlan
(Age 8) from Matraville Soldiers Settlement Public School.

CLICK on the image above to download the calendar page.
Provided courtesy of Mainfreight.

IN THIS ISSUE
HELLO FROM THE OFFICE
– FEATURE ARTICLE:
A Year in the Life of a Books in Homes School – Denham Public School
SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT: 
Rotary Club of Penrith Valley
ROLE MODEL CORNER: Bruce Love
SHOUT OUT!
FUN BOOK FACTS WITH RACHEL
THE BOOK THAT CHANGED ME: Marcelo Baez

MAINFREIGHT CALENDAR: September 2019
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FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGNS
Do you know it only costs $82 for a children to participate in the Books in Homes Primary Program for a year?
Please help Rotary raise funds in the Books in Homes, Rotary District 9810 Books for Kids Campaign, which aims to identify and fund primary schools in Victoria’s South Eastern and Yarra Ranges suburbs, that will benefit from being on the program.
Please help us raise raise funds in the 
Books in Homes GIANTS Greater Western Sydney Campaign,
which aims to identify and fund primary schools in Western and South Western Sydney that would benefit from being on the Program. 
Help us raise $2,000 so we can send additional donated books, magazines and gifts to children on the Program.
THANK YOU TO OUR GENEROUS SCHOOL SPONSORS
THANK YOU TO OUR GENEROUS PARTNERS
THANK YOU TO OUR GENEROUS DONORS & SUPPORTERS
As of 1 August 2019, the Sydney Sock Project has funded two primary school children onto the Books in Homes Program.
WELCOME TO OUR NEW ROLE MODELS
Welcome to new Role Model Holly Bidwell who is a writer and storyteller.
Welcome to new Role Model Maud Corowa who is a community Elder and school education counsellor.
Welcome to new Role Model Chris Jones who is a nurse and aspiring author.
CALL OUT FOR STORIES!
CALLING SPONSORS & SCHOOLS
If you have a good news story about your Book Giving Assemblies and your partnership with Books in Homes Australia then please CLICK THIS LINK  to email THE BRIDGE editor for submission information.
CALLING ROLE MODELS
If you are a Books in Homes Role Model and you are celebrating a great coup like a book or product launch, an award, an anniversary or another achievement, and want to be included in the "SHOUT OUT!" column, then please CLICK THIS LINK to email THE BRIDGE editor for submission information.
CALLING ALL READERS
If you would like to share a story in our "THE BOOK THAT CHANGED ME" column, then please CLICK THIS LINK to email THE BRIDGE editor for submission guidelines.

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