Cawdor Public School student scores hundreds of library book donations

Cawdor Public School year four student Barry Lee wrote to companies asking for new books for his school. The companies delivered. Picture: Chris Lane
Cawdor Public School year four student Barry Lee wrote to companies asking for new books for his school. The companies delivered. Picture: Chris Lane

When packages of books started turning up at Cawdor Public School addressed to year four student Barry Lee staff were confused.

However it wasn't long before the student's mother explained why.

Barry, with a little help from his mum, had written to publishers, local businesses and large corporations to try and get new books for his school.

And the organisations he had written to were happy to oblige.

The school's principal Leanne Patterson said she had never seen anything like this in all her years of teaching.

"It's truly amazing - we just had all these boxes turning up with his name on it," she said.

"We were absolutely gobsmacked because we didn't even know that he had done that.

"I couldn't even put a dollar value on how much we have received."

So far the school has received more than 500 books, games, bean bags, a bluetooth speaker and more.

Barry, who is turning 10 next month, said he wanted to help his fellow students to read more.

"I wanted to get them new books because people were reading the same books all the time," he said.

"I wanted to get more of the same books too so that more than one person can read the same book at the same time."

The avid reader and school library monitor said he hoped to write to his own book one day.

"I love reading because I like to try predicting where the story will end, I like seeing the pictures and I like getting ideas for when I write my own book," Barry said.

"My favourite writer is Andy Griffiths because he is really funny and has great characters.

"I love both the Treehouse and the Just series - they are my favourites."

Ms Patterson said it was great to see a student support their school in this way.

"It's refreshing to see a kid who loves reading so much that he wants to encourage other kids to read," she said.

"We are still receiving items - so far we have received about $1000 worth of guided readers, which are the books we use in classrooms.

"Scholastic donated a lot of books, we have received games, bean bags, digital books and more.

"When we got the digital books we had no way to play them so Barry wrote to another business and they sent us a speaker.

"We also received some monetary donations and one of them will be used to update our outdoor learning space so kids can enjoy lessons and reading out there."