Village primary school wins new books for library
PUBLISHED: 07:00 30 June 2018
Pupils from a village primary school are celebrating after receiving 100 new books, thanks to generous Mercury readers.
Blagdon Primary School has been given 100 new reads which will help to stock up their library shelves.
The school is delighted with the donation, which will give pupils access to a wider variety of reading material.
Tiffany Collard, administrator and finance officer for the school, said: “We rely on parent donations for our library books, along with an annual donation from our School’s PTA.
“We also have a yearly book fair in order to gain commission for the teachers to purchase a few new books for their classroom libraries.
“As with every primary school, our budget is very tight this year, and next year we will have to rely heavily on fundraising and donations.”
The Mercury has given out 600 books to primary schools across North Somerset since it launched the Books For Schools campaign in October last year.
The Mercury started the appeal to help schools, which are struggling with funding cuts, to provide new resources for their pupils.
Evidence shows children who can read well do better at school and have access to more career opportunities in later life.
Reading for pleasure is also proven to help children develop social skills and empaty.
Hundreds of books and gift vouchers have been donated to the Books For Schools appeal by generous readers and community groups.
The Mercury is still appealing for donations so it can give out 100 books to a school each month.
Donations can be dropped in to the Mercury office, in Waterloo Street, Weston.
Schools keen to win a selection of books for their pupils, can email firstname.lastname@example.org with details of the reading initiatives they run for pupils.
Bournville, Sandford, Windwhistle, St Martin’s and Mendip Green primary schools have benefited from the campaign far.
Schools which have already won a selection of books are welcome to enter the scheme again.
Usborne has also teamed up with the Mercury to enable schools to win free books by holding sponsored reads. To find out more, email Vicky Angear.