Posted by The Weekend Sun, Sun Media

Technology is a huge part of modern education but the humble book still has its place.

Brookfield School deputy principal Carol Burborough knows a thing or two about that. She runs the school’s Duffy Books programme.

The programme gives half price books to schools. The school picks up the other half of the cost, in this case through a sponsor - Otumoetai Rotary Group.

The result is five new books for every student, every year.

“Reading is highly valued at Brookfield School. We even have a group of volunteers from our community who come each morning from 8.30am to 9am to listen to children read and comment in their reading logs,” Carol says.

And children who are ‘caught being good’ get even more books.

“This means that they have demonstrated their LOTS,” Carol explains. “respect for learning, others, teacher and self.”

Every new pupil gets a book on their first day and five-year-olds receive an activity book and book bag as well.

Otumoetai Rotary has just renewed its sponsorship of the programme for another year which is pretty important.

“When your budget is very tight this can be difficult,” Carol says.

“Their generosity means smiles on faces and a priceless love of reading being fostered with our tamariki and for that we are extremely grateful.”