Weston school given 100 new books for library
PUBLISHED: 09:00 25 October 2018
A school library is brimming with new books, thanks to generous Mercury readers.
Milton Park Primary School in Weston was presented with 100 new books to give children a variety of reading materials to dip into.
The books were donated by the Mercury through its Books For Schools campaign which was set up in October last year to help schools to provide resources for pupils in the wake of funding cuts.
Katie Miles, from the school’s reading team, said: “Thank you so much to the Mercury for the donation. It will really add to our developing library.
“We are going to be opening up the library over the year for all children in school to use.
“The children will be really excited to read all these new and updated books.”
The public, community groups and charities have sent in generous donations of books and gift vouchers to enable us to give them out to schools.
The Mercury has given 1,800 books out to pupils across North Somerset since the campaign was launched.
Reading is key to all subjects and research shows it also helps improve children’s wellbeing and social development – as a result schools run initiatives to encourage children to read for pleasure.
Miss Miles added: “At Milton Park we encourage a love of reading and books from the minute they start school until they leave us in year six, with the hope that all children will have a love of reading for life.
“Teachers choose high quality books to base their learning around and children are engaged in literacy in a creative way.
“This year we are developing our library and we have new enthusiastic library ambassadors who can’t wait to start promoting reading throughout the school.
“At the end of every day in every class, teachers read a book for pleasure and the children can’t wait to hear the next page or chapter.
“Our book swap is so popular the shelves are overflowing. We encourage families to bring a book in and swap it for a new read.”
Donations of books and gift vouchers can also be dropped into the Mercury office in Waterloo Street.
Schools interested in winning a selection of free books should email email@example.com