The Parents Association at St Bernard’s First school, in collaboration with Bishop’s Move, presented the school’s library with more than 1,000 new books yesterday.
The charitable act saw donated children’s books from the UK be collected and delivered to the school of 200 pupils free of charge.
“We feel that children should learn to love to read from an early age and once that passion is instilled in them it stays with them for the rest of their lives,” said Evelyn O’Donnell, a member of the Parents Association, which worked hard to raise the funds for the huge donation.
Along with fellow members Tiffany Button-Reyes and Jancis Clara, Evelyn has been working hard to upgrade the library of the school, which her six-year-old daughter Neve attends.
“Before, they just brought the old books from the old school so we had books from the 1960s,” said Tiffany, who has three children at St Bernards.
“We really cannot thank them enough for their act of kindness and hope they know how much the school community appreciates what they have done,” added Evelyn.
The money saved from the shipping was used to buy 600 extra books for the school library, which has seen it completely upgraded with books appropriate from nursery age up to year three.
Richard Smith, the branch manager of Bishops Move Gibraltar said: “It would have cost about £500 as a private shipment, but with the delivery and everything else – because it’s not the easiest place to get to – it can cost a lot more.”
Bishop’s Move removal company said in a statement: “We know how important it is to engage this young age group into reading and the love of books.”
The family-owned business has its 6th generation running the company, which has more than 350 staff.
Richard and assistant manager Fabian Santos delivered the 18 boxes of books to the school, much to the delight of the pupils.