Literacy non-profit organisation Read to Rise launched it's eighth class programme with it's latest book 'Oaky in the Playground' on 15 October 2021 at Seaview Primary School in Rocklands, Mitchells Plain, Cape Town.
The children were excited for the new Oaky book which teaches us that talking is better than fighting. "Fighting is a big problem in schools, so this is a great story to teach children that it's better to talk and resolve the problems." says Executive Director, Taryn Lock.
'Oaky in the Playground' is written by award-winning poet Athol Williams and illustrated by Taryn Lock. This is the eighth book in the Oaky Series. The books offer valuable life lessons and inspirational messages. The author and illustrator do not derive any financial benefit from funds raised by the distribution of Oaky books, whether funded by donations or book sales, nor do they derive any financial benefit from any of the Read to Rise programmes that use Oaky books.
'Oaky in the Playground' was inspired by a story first told by 8 year old Kirsten Williams.
Read to Rise will be visiting all Grade 2 and 3 learners at 47 primary schools in Mitchells Plain and each of the 14,300 learners will get their own new Oaky in the Playground book to take home.
The organisation relies on donations in order to conduct it's class programmes. To date, Read to Rise has conducted over 5,200 class programmes and given out over 220,000 new story books to learners in under-resourced communities.