In commemoration of Nelson Mandela’s centenary celebration and Croxley’s 125th birthday this year, Croxley has partnered with the Adopt-a-School Foundation for their annual BIG Books project. The Foundation aims to create school environments that are conducive to teaching and learning. It is able to achieve this through its Whole School Development model, which focuses on developing a school’s infrastructure, curriculum, social welfare and leadership. There are currently 448 schools under the Adopt-a-School (AAS) Foundation’s
adoption programme, which currently works in all nine provinces of South Africa, as well as Lesotho and Mozambique. Big Books, is an AAS programme aimed to promote and develop creative writing and artistic ability within the foundation’s adopted schools.

This year, the theme was around Nelson Mandela. The Grade 6 and 7 learners from five participating schools were given activity pages to complete, ranging from the writing of poetry, colouring, drawing and many more. These activities were then evaluated, and the best ones were chosen to feature in a professionally printed, large format children’s book that each school would then receive to keep. The winners of the poetry competition each received R1000 as prize money and their poem was featured in the book. The class whose activities featured most in the best book out of the five schools received a Croxley stationery, cake, cupcakes and individual stationery packs as prizes. Croxley sponsored the creation and production of these books, all prizes and stationery for the learners to complete their activities. This is the first of two BIG Books campaigns that Croxley
will be sponsoring this year.