The Scholastic Commitment
The company has a strong commitment to fostering children's growth and development.
The Variety Club
Scholastic Australia has been a major supporter of the Variety Club of Australia for many years, raising money for Australian children with special needs. In 1995, Scholastic received the inaugural Corporate Heart Award from the Variety Club.
Over the past fourteen years the company has entered the Variety Club Bash. Scholastic takes the Magic School Bus, from the popular Magic School Bus book series and the 'Lucky Cat Car', on journeys through the Australian outback, visiting remote communities and schools. Over the years the Scholastic vehicles have travelled over 75 657 kilometres. In 1989, 1990, 1996 and 1997, Scholastic received the Packard Cup for the most money raised for Variety. In 2004 the company met its long-term goal to raise $1 million for Variety. Scholastic staff members are extremely active in the company's fundraising, voluntarily organising community-based events.
The Book Bunker
In 1996, Scholastic initiated a project which continues to benefit countless sick children. The company created, designed and built a children's library at The Children's Hospital at Westmead in Sydney. This innovative library, called the Book Bunker, was officially opened on 14 August 1997 and is operated by volunteer, job-share teacher-librarians. Unique in Australia and in the world, the Book Bunker offers children a vibrant, contemporary space to relax with a book, CD-ROM or audio tape from a selection of over 20 000 titles. Reflecting the award-winning design of this premier children's hospital, the library provides a dynamic space for children of all ages.