Turning a page for arson-hit school

21:27, Aug 17 2014
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GOOD READS: Sarah Stoevelaar at the DCM's annual book fair in Wellington, which offers a helping hand for the homeless and a devastated Kapiti Coast school.

Leftover books from this weekend's annual fundraising book fair for homeless people will help to replace Paraparaumu School's devastated library, which burned to the ground last Sunday.

DCM director Stephanie McIntyre said the school was given about 10 banana boxes of books, which staff carefully selected after the weekend's two-day book fair at the TSB Bank Arena in Wellington finished yesterday afternoon.

Four classrooms and the 125-year-old Kapiti Coast school's library were destroyed in a massive blaze last Sunday, which led to the arrest of three teenage girls.

Each year, McIntyre said DCM offered community groups a chance to collect free books from the bookfair's leftovers and the school was one of the groups to accept.

This year's event had proved a huge success with thousands turning up to trawl the 90,000 books, CDs, DVDs, records and puzzles on offer.

About $80,000 was raised on Saturday but the total tally for the two days was expected to reach $100,000, which would cover about a sixth of the organisation's annual costs.

It was DCM's 19th book fairs, which altogether had raised $1.5 million for the organisation to help support homeless and vulnerable Wellingtonians.

Last year's book fair had a dramatic start with the capital's second big earthquake striking the day before it started, leading to a reduced crowd.

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