Businesses encouraged to donate to Books For Schools to boost reading rates
PUBLISHED: 09:00 15 June 2018
Businesses can back the Mercury's Books For Schools campaign by helping to provide more books to pupils across North Somerset.
The Mercury is appealing for businesses to back the appeal by donating to the campaign.
Books For Schools was set up in October last year to help schools which are struggling to pay for resources due to funding cuts.
Reading is a vital life skill and evidence shows it also helps children to develop empathy and social skills.
Since the launch of the campaign, the Mercury has donated 600 books to schools across the district.
The Mercury has also teamed up with Usborne to enable businesses to increase schools’ reading resources.
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 Mercury.
Businesses can donate as much or as little as they can to the literacy appeal.
Schools can also win free books for their libraries by holding sponsored reading events.
For every £100 raised, Usborne will donate an extra 10 per cent in free books, for £250 or more the publisher will donate an extra 30 per cent, and if a school raises more than £600 Usborne has agreed to hand over 60 per cent – a staggering £360 worth of books.
Sam will arrange the events for schools.
She said: “The more your pupils read, the more money will be raised to buy books for your library and classroom, and the more free books your school will earn.”
The Mercury is keen to give out 100 books to a school each month and people can support our campaign by donating new and second-hand books or gift vouchers.
Donations can be taken to the Weston Mercury office, in Waterloo Street, the Folk Hall, in Portishead, or Clevedon Community Bookshop in Copse Road.
Schools and businesses interested in holding a sponsored read or taking part in a community pledge can contact Vicky at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 01934 422656. Any schools interested in winning free books can also email Vicky with details about reading initiatives run in their school.