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Businesses can help cash-strapped schools by donating money for books

PUBLISHED: 10:00 02 January 2018 | UPDATED: 10:28 02 January 2018

Sam Goodger selling some of her Usborne books.

Sam Goodger selling some of her Usborne books.

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The Mercury is appealing for businesses to back our Books For Schools campaign to provide more books to pupils across North Somerset.

Reading champions from Mendip Green Primary School. Reading champions from Mendip Green Primary School.

Businesses are being given the chance to increase school reading resources, courtesy of Usborne’s community book pledges.

The children’s book publisher has offered to donate £600 worth of free books for schools for every £1,000 raised by businesses.

Usborne bookseller Sam Goodger has offered to organise the community book pledge for the Weston Mercury.

Businesses can donate as much or as little as they can and all the money raised will go towards our Books For Schools campaign to help cash-strapped primary schools. Usborne will then donate a further £600 worth of books on top.

Books for Schools campaign. Books for Schools campaign.

Sam, who joined Usborne four years ago, said: “Over the years I have worked with many schools to fill their libraries and classrooms with our fantastic books.

“Our award winning books range from birth to young adult and with over 2,500 titles, we really do have something for everyone – from our phonics and reading programme to non-fiction and activity books.

“I particularly love how fun learning is with our books – they capture the interest of all children and really help with reading for pleasure which is so important.”

The Mercury launched its Books For Schools campaign in October to appeal for donations of books and gift vouchers which we will then give out to a school once a month.

Mendip Green Primary School, in Worle, was the first school to receive 100 books through our appeal.

Evidence shows reading is vital to all school subjects and it helps children to develop empathy and boosts their social development.

Due to Government cuts, schools are struggling to provide new books for their pupils.

We are appealing for businesses, community groups and families to donate what they can so we can give pupils access to a wider variety of books.

Donations can be dropped into our office.

Businesses interested in the community book pledge can email Vicky Angear at vicky.angear@archant.co.uk

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