Library of opportunities

Rotary Tasmania district governor Tony Colman and wife Liz (back, centre) were in Circular Head last week to see the Rotary Club of Smithton donate more than 100 books to six local early childhood and education services. Picture: Ashleigh Force.

Literacy. Early learning services within Circular Head will benefit from a donation made by the Rotary Club of Smithton last week.

The donation of more than 100 books is part of a statewide project organised by Liz Colman, the wife of Rotary Tasmania district governor Tony Colman.

Mr and Mrs Colman were in Smithton on Wednesday to attend a presentation to local childhood and education services.

“My aim was to have every Rotary club in Tasmania donate an amount of books for the club to present to a [cause of their choosing] in their own district,” Mrs Colman said.

“The Smithton club excelled itself with a fabulous collection of over 100 books which will now be distributed to six organisations within Circular Head.”

Among them will be four Coastal Family Day Cares, Giggles Early Learning and Circular Head Children’s Services.

Mrs Colman, a retired secondary school teacher, says she is passionate about providing literacy opportunities to children and encouraging a love affair with reading from a young age.

It is important to build a strong literacy foundation in the crucial early years, she says.

Across the state all 47 clubs contributed to the project, donating reading materials to early learning services, schools, palliative and respite care organisations and women’s shelters in their region.

“This is all a part of what Rotary does, our involvement in education and vocational learning both in Australia and overseas,” Mr Colman said.

“Rotary are already involved in breakfast programs for example at schools in a number of areas. This is building on those connections.”

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