Acacia Primary boasts new library

Isavani Padayachie (HOD Foundation Phase), Bongani Zungu (First Group – La Montagne), Raymond Loggenberg (First Group – La Montagne), Vis Govender (principal), Dr Shamitha Ramdan (HOD Foundation Phase) and Sheila Persad.

Acacia Primary School is the lucky recipient of a brand new library, made possible by the Park Boulevard Centre community which donated books to the campaign throughout September.

La Montagne also assisted in providing shelves and paint to make the library a fun, clean and creative space for the 1, 070 pupils ranging from grades R to seven.

The pupils at Acacia Primary come from challenging socio-economic backgrounds, with a number of them living in child-headed homes which do not have access to reading books.

A staff member at Acacia Primary, Sheila Persad, wrote a proposal to put her school forward as a possible candidate for the library.

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“When I read about the “Build-a-library campaign I had to see if I could make a small difference to the lives of our pupils and I am ecstatic that our school was selected. These children are going to love their new library and all the exciting books they are able to explore,” she said.

Upon completing the painting, the installation of the shelves and the sorting and stacking of the books on Friday, October 20, the library was officially handed over to the headmaster of the school, Mr Vis Govender who extended his heartfelt thanks to the team from La Montagne who painted and set up the library as well as to all the community members who donated the books.

“It is crucial to have books to improve literacy, learn new things and develop a creative mind in young children. Reading is the cornerstone of education, the key to success and if you are breathing, you should be reading. We are thus ecstatic and immensely grateful for the contribution towards improving public education and that of our children. I would also like to thank Mrs Persad who took the initiative in putting our school forward,” he said.

According to Simon Bailey, general manager at La Montagne, he and his resort staff had no hesitation in coming on board to support Acacia Primary School’s cause in keeping with First Group’s ethos of community upliftment.

Simon explained, “At La Montagne, we do everything that we can to support our local community at grass-roots level, where the benefits are long-lasting. Hospitality is all about service, and we are thrilled to be of service to Acacia Primary.”

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