Mariners teach kids the importance of reading

Over 250 students at Wyoming Public School have been given a huge boost this week, with Mariners stars delivering three books to every student as part of Scholastic Australia’s “Books in Homes” program.

Over 250 students at Wyoming Public School have been given a huge boost this week, with Mariners stars delivering three books to every student as part of Scholastic Australia-s "Books in Homes" program.

Mariners skipper Alex Wilkinson joined Vice Captain John Hutchinson, goalkeeper Danny Vukovic and defender Chris Doig, to hand out the books to the delighted recipients, whilst reinforcing the importance of reading.

"It-s great to see the look on the kids faces. Credit must go to Scholastic for being behind such a great initiative and it-s a pleasure to be a part of it," said Wilkinson.

"Even as professional Footballers reading is a big part of our everyday lives, and its about teaching these kids that reading is such an important thing to learn, no matter what their career path."

The main purpose of the Scholastic sponsored “Books in Homes” program is to alter the journey of young children growing up in what sometimes can be bookless homes.

Every child at Wyoming Primary School was able to choose nine quality books per year to take home and build their own home libraries.

Each book is labelled "This Book Belongs To...." and can often be the first books they have owned.

The school is also donated additional books for the “Caught Being Good” program, where children have the opportunity to earn extra rewards in the form of a book by behaving well.

These kids are nominated by their teaches who may want to reward the children for extra effort on homework tasks or simply being kind to other children in the play ground.

At the end of each term Book Giving Assemblies are held at Wyoming, where the staff from Scholastic, and this term, the Mariners stars, hand out the books.

The visit was part of what will be an increased Mariners presence in the Central Coast Community, as the squad heads back to basics, with School, Gala Day, Holiday Clinic and community fundraiser visits over the coming months.