The principal, Mr Damien Eannetta, and staff of St Mary’s Primary School, Pomeroy identified a need to improve the library facilities in the school. Their aim was to continue developing reading in the school and in particular to foster in the children a love of books.
The school had two vacant mobiles on the grounds and it was decided to use these mobiles to create a Literacy Centre. The Friends of St Mary’s, worked tirelessly with the school staff and local community to raise funds for the project. Events organised by parents and Friends of the school, for example a spinathon, coffee morning, the Sea to Summit challenge and a car wash, were very well supported by the community.
The Accelerated Reader programme introduced to inspire the children to read more often and enjoy reading, was a major factor in the creation of the Literacy Centre. The Centre creates a warm, comfortable, and tranquil environment where the children can read without being interrupted. The children also have the opportunity to have a break from the classroom surroundings as teachers bring the children out to read stories and improve listening skills.
The ‘Friends of St Mary’s’ were the backbone of the creation of the Literacy Centre, with many local volunteers helping with the actual construction of the centre. Members of the community produced the shelving, seating and book storage areas for the centre. Another member of the community was highly commended for his upholstery work. The upholstery and wall murals added colour and vibrancy and helped to make the Literacy Centre what it is today.