Buy books, support schools

Books for bucks: Book manager at Collins Merimbula, Dennie Quintal is hoping to donate thousands of dollars to local schools. Picture: Melanie Leach

Books for bucks: Book manager at Collins Merimbula, Dennie Quintal is hoping to donate thousands of dollars to local schools. Picture: Melanie Leach

For the second year in a row, Collins Merimbula is calling on community members to use their love of reading to raise money for local schools. 

As part of the Shop for Your School initiative, throughout the entire month of August anyone who buys a book at Collins Merimbula can then put their receipt in the envelope representing the school of their choice.

Collins will then donate 10 per cent of the total amount of the collected receipts to each school’s library.

This is the second year in a row that the Collins Merimbula has run this promotion, with last year’s being hugely successful. 

Book manager at Collins Merimbula, Dennie Quintal said they donated more than $4000 to local school libraries last year as a result of the promotion. 

“I was really pleased with last year, as soon as people realised they could be helping the local schools, a lot of people jumped on board,” Ms Quintal said.

“It was great to see a lot of grandparents buying books to support their grandkids’ schools but there were also people who weren’t affiliated with any school that decided to put their receipts in the envelopes of some of our smaller schools to give them a bit more support.”

Ms Quintal said this promotion is a similar arrangement to what the store has with some of the local schools when they hold their book fairs. 

“This promotion all boils down to a sense of fairness. We love being able to offer the deal to schools that do run a book fair but we also want kids at other schools to have the same opportunities. It’s about putting our smaller schools on the same page as our bigger ones, but also giving our bigger schools the chance to grow their libraries as well.”

Participating schools include Merimbula, Pambula, Eden, Towamba, Wyndham and Wolumla Public Schools, Sapphire Coast Anglican College, Lumen Christi and Eden Marine High School.

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