Last Friday, the 8th of June, The Book Lounge invited grade 7 girls from Red River School to come and hear teen author, Sally Partridge, read from her latest book. As a result of the generosity of The Book Lounge and creative community who donated generously at trend talk #2 at the Freeworld Design Centre last month, each girl was able to choose a book to take home.
For many this was the first book they had owned that was not a textbook, so unquestionably a fairly momentous day in what will hopefully become a lifelong affair with literature. In the words of India Baird, who is the lady behind the grassroots program “Rock Girl”, the day was: “an inspiring and exciting morning and so much fun to see the girls’ enthusiasm for Sally, her books, and the wonderful world of reading.”
The Rock Girl organisation has been working with the girls who attended the morning since Grade 5, with one important goal being to ensure that they all successfully complete Grade 7 and continue their education at high school level.
With this goal now under the belt, the girls are at the half-way mark and are well on their way to achieving a high school education. India thanks everyone from The Book Lounge and everyone involved with trend talk #2 for their support and in particular, Lauren Shantall (of Plascon) and Verushka (of The Book Lounge) for “making it happen”.
To ensure that you are part of this exciting work being done to uplift women and girls within disadvantaged communities, as well as to ensure you don’t miss out on the next exciting trend talk #3, be sure to watch our trend talk page for dates and speaker information. You will also be able to track some of the content and view images from the talks on our Pinterest profile.