School receives 100 new reads through Mercury's Books For Schools campaign
PUBLISHED: 10:00 19 January 2018
A primary school in Worle is thrilled to have received 100 new books from the Weston Mercury's Books For Schools campaign.
St Martin’s Primary School was this week given a host of new and second-hand books to add to its recently-opened library.
The school has been encouraging children to become book-lovers and librarian Tracy Brown said new books are ‘essential’ to the cause.
She said: “We want St Martin’s to be a place where children fall in love with reading. To do this we have created our cosy, purpose-built, always-open library. “We reward reading achivements, we make reading fun with weekly activities and termly competitions, we welcome our parents before and after school to share books and we have regular action-packed, fun-filled storytimes.
“Children who read for pleasure are statistically happier, healthier and have better learning outcomes so new, exciting, quality books are essential.
“We cannot thank the Mercury enough for this wonderful donation. Who knows? Perhaps, a book in this amazing pile will be the one that turns a reluctant reader into a book-lover for life.”
Every week the younger pupils visit the library to take part in storytime clubs and songs. On Tuesdays, older children can spend their lunchtimes enjoying book-based crafts or challenges.
Golden tickets are also placed in some books and pupils can win prizes if they read them.
Mrs Brown added: “Our library really is the heart of the school but just like all schools, budgets are very tight and we would love to have more books on our shelves to offer our children more reading adventures.”
The Mercury launched its Books For Schools campaign to help schools which are struggling with funding cuts to provide more books for pupils.
Evidence shows reading is vital for all subjects and is beneficial to pupils’ health, wellbeing and social development.
St Martin’s and Mendip Green schools have each received 100 books through the campaign so far.
We are appealing for new and secondhand books and gift vouchers so we can donate 100 books to a primary school each month.
Donations can be dropped off at the Mercury office in Waterloo Street, Weston.