Our school books drive could change a child’s life

PUBLISHED: 12:09 20 September 2018 | UPDATED: 12:43 20 September 2018

Carleton Rode school for the launch of the EDP book tokens
Byline: Sonya Duncan
Copyright: Archant 2018

Carleton Rode school for the launch of the EDP book tokens Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2018

Archant 2017

There is something magical about reading.

Whether young or old, getting lost in a good book, being transported to a different world and growing fond of its characters is a wonderful feeling.

It’s often in our younger years that a love of the written word is instilled. Perhaps it was a family member reading aloud before bedtime, or maybe the books you were introduced to at school.

It is these memories that encouraged us to launch our Books for Schools campaign, which we hope will enable children to access stories that will inspire them in both the present and the future.

It is a token-based scheme, which will see schools in with a chance of winning a share of £20,000 worth of books.

Schools are, as any parent will know, facing a turbulent climate.

Their funds are stretched, and resources must be prioritised.

Understandably, that often means front-line staffing - keeping our vital teachers in jobs, buying materials for lessons, holding onto support staff and providing the essentials that pupils’ need.

We’ve spoken to schools about stocking their libraries in the past - and while some are able to keep theirs up to date, others struggle to find the funds, relying instead on donations and volunteers.

And while these contributions should be applauded, it can mean that schools go without an up to date supply of new books.

These funds could really make a difference to a school.

And from the first pupil who reads it, to another a few years down the line, the books you, through the tokens, are able to donate could change a young person’s life.

It could ignite a life-long love of reading. What a wonderful gift.

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