One in three pupils at Whalan Public School come from a non-English speaking background, and one in five are Indigenous.
To help give them the best shot at their education, more than $9000 worth of books were added to the school’s library on Wednesday.
It was thanks to a community fundraising campaign ran by Dymocks Penrith, which raked in $4585 in donations from customers and staff.
That mark was matched by Dymocks Children’s Charities to bring the total to $9200 – buying 500 new books – as part of its Library Regeneration program.
Dymocks Children’s Charities fundraising manager Gary Mindford said the program was designed to boost schools that “value literacy but lack the resources”.
“One in three Whalan Public School students come from a non-English speaking background and it’s important to offer them a wide range of books to choose from,” he said.
“The delivery of over 500 brand new books will help the students find new books to enjoy and hopefully inspire a lifelong love of reading.“