Enduring gift for teen mums

20:06, Jul 30 2014
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BOOKS FOR BABIES: Timaru Girls High School's teen parenting unit were given books donated by Save the Children yesterday. Pictured from left, Kylie and Sofia, Patience and Charlie, Axel, Jessica and Sofia, Kylie (pink) and Phillippa Browne with Nola McKinlay, right, from Save the Children.

Books donated to the teen parent unit at Timaru Girls' High School will help educate the next generation.

The unit received 22 books from Save the Children yesterday and a teacher at the unit, Marina Charlton, said the donation was greatly appreciated.

"This is the first time books have been donated to us. The girls in our unit will read the books to their kids and this will ensure literacy in the next generation," Charlton said.

The "really cool" thing about the donation was the fact the books were new.

"You cannot really beat the pleasure of opening a new book and reading it."

Teen parent unit deputy head student Patience Cobb said the donation was appreciated in other regards as well.

"We appreciate every donation because, financially, it is hard to buy them. Just one of these books can be so expensive."

Save the Children committee member Nola McKinlay said the organisation liked helping local causes and members considered the unit a worthy cause to donate books to.


The Timaru Herald