During the winter holidays, GrandWest spent R80 000 on revamping a container library for the Kalksteenfontein Primary School in the northern suburbs of Cape Town. The Kalksteenfontein area is rife with gang violence and other social challenges that make life very difficult for learners.
The donation was used to replace all the glass windows with perspex, replace the windows and doors, paint the interior of the container, replace damaged door locks and burglar bars, fit fluorescent light bulbs and repair and erect shelving. A reading corner was created with artificial grass flooring, library rules posters, colourful wall art, chairs, pillows and a long table for reading or doing homework.
To coincide with the official opening of the library, GrandWest also facilitated a mini facelift to the front of the school. The work took place over two days on 10 and 11 September 2019. More than 40 GrandWest staff members volunteered to help with the revamp, along with 30 learners from partnership schools.
GrandWest also sponsored 275 stationery packs and will be replacing all the school’s health and safety equipment. On the day of the handover, GrandWest’s Chefs that Care, the GrandWest chef team that has launched an initiative to feed needy communities, served meals for all the learners.
“A functional library can open the world to the learners as reading stories is a way of escaping their circumstances,” says Genevieve Smith, Sustainability Manager at GrandWest. “It will also serve as a safe place for learners to spend their time and we are delighted to be in a position to assist this school and in that way, benefit the community.
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