Weston school benefits from Books For Schools campaign

PUBLISHED: 09:00 02 March 2018

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Children from a Weston primary school are looking forward to reading scores of new books, thanks to the Mercury’s Books For Schools campaign.

Pupils from Windwhistle Primary School with their new books. Pupils from Windwhistle Primary School with their new books.

Windwhistle Primary School, in Kingsley Road, is the latest school to receive 100 books too boost its library stocks.

The Books For Schools campaign was set up in October last year to provide vital resources to primary schools who are struggling due to funding cuts.

The Mercury is keen to help schools instil a love of reading in pupils as it is such a vital skill for all subjects and evidence shows reading for pleasure can also improve a child’s health and wellbeing.

Headteacher Lyn Hunt said the children are delighted with the extra resources.

She said: “We are extremely grateful to the Weston Mercury for this generous donation of books. They will make a real difference to our library.

“Children are always excited when new books come in to the library and these books will be flying off the library shelves very quickly.

“We want our pupils to develop a love of reading that will be a lifelong pleasure for them.

“Evidence suggests children who read for enjoyment every day not only perform better in reading tests than those who don’t but also develop a broader vocabulary, increased general knowledge and a better understanding of other cultures.

“In fact, there’s evidence to suggest reading for pleasure is more likely to determine whether a child does well at school than their social or economic background.

“At Windwhistle we have a team of staff who ensure children’s reading skills are developed to the maximum, alongside a range of opportunities to read for pleasure including our enthusiastic librarian who runs the library at lunchtimes, sets up competitions and works with groups of children every afternoon.”

The Mercury has given out 100 books each to Mendip Green Primary School and St Martin’s Primary School in Worle so far, thanks to generous donations from families, community groups, charities and authors.

We are keen to give 100 books out to a school each month and we are appealing for donations.

New or second-hand books and gift vouchers can be dropped in to the Mercury office in Waterloo Street.

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