Dymocks Children’s Charities

Tenant Creek Primary School – library regeneration
Dymocks Children’s Charities’ mission is to improve literacy outcomes for Australian children. 

The charity was set up in 2000 by John Forsyth, the owner of the Dymocks business to give back to the community in a meaningful way.

Dymocks Children’s Charities provide brand new books of choice to children and schools who need them the most. This helps them start their literacy journey with books they want to read and that are right for their needs. The schools Dymocks help don’t have adequate funding or resources to keep their library up to date and relevant to their students’ needs. Many children they meet also don’t have a single book in their homes so they are proud to help children start their literacy journey at a time when it can have the most impact.

Tenant Creek Primary School, Northern Territory. This program will provide brand new books of choice to their school to help build a library full of books that their students will want to read. The school has been selected based on three different factors:

  1. Their level of need – they are a very remote Indigenous primary school
  2.  The school’s Index of Community Socio-Educational Advantage (ISCEA) score – which is 717 (the average in Australia is 1,000)
  3. The number and types of children we can support with this program – the school has 346 children of which 80% are indigenous and 51% have a language background other than English.

The UCF directors received a grant application for $2,000 which would provide two key benefits:

  1. For every dollar provided, Dymocks Children’s Charities provide double the value in books, so for the $2,000 grant they can double that to provide $4,000 worth of books. This offering is unique toDymocks Children’s Charities.
  2. Provide brand new top selling books from a list of over 2,000 that the school can choose based on their school needs. They don’t provide second hand books or books that don’t sell. 

The directors of UCF were delighted to approve this application to replenish and regenerate the library of Tenant Creek Primary School and wish the students many happy hours of reading and learning via books.


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