Pupils presented with 100 reads through Books For Schools campaign

PUBLISHED: 09:00 28 September 2018

Books for Haywood Village Academy from the Books for Schools Appeal.    


Books for Haywood Village Academy from the Books for Schools Appeal. Picture: MARK ATHERTON


A Weston school is ‘thrilled’ with a donation of new books, thanks to Mercury readers.

The Mercury has given Haywood Village Academy 100 new reads, through its Books For Schools campaign.

The campaign aims to donate extra books to schools which are struggling to provide new resources for pupils due to budget restrictions.

More: Support our Books For Schools campaign.

Lucy Botting, reading lead at the school, said: “We are thrilled as a school to have been awarded these books.

“We really value the importance of reading and encourage our children to read as much as possible from a very young age.

“We absolutely value the importance of having high quality reading books in our school and are also always striving to provide a huge amount of variety for the children at each age.

“The books will add further to our already great library collection and be used for the children to take home and enjoy with their parents/carers.”

The campaign has been running for almost a year now and schools interested in winning a selection of books can email in with details of the schemes they run to encourage pupils to read.

Lucy added: “In our school we currently run a reading incentive based on house points. If children read at home every day then they are awarded one point towards their house team.

“At the end of the week, the house with the most reading points is awarded an extra five points towards their overall total for the week.

“Further to this, one child from each class is awarded an ‘excellent reader’ certificate in celebration assembly on Friday – this is in recognition of any great reading they have been doing in school.

“We are a new school so we have therefore had to spend a huge amount of money on resourcing the school with high quality, interesting and engaging books not only for the classroom but also home reading books as well as resourcing the library.”

We are appealing for good quality books, suitable for primary school children, and book vouchers to enable us to help out more school. Donations can be dropped in to the Mercury office in Waterloo Street.

Schools interested in taking part can email vicky.angear@archant.co.uk

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