Books For Schools campaign shorlisted for community award
PUBLISHED: 08:00 05 February 2019
A campaign set up by the Times to help primary schools in North Somerset has been shorlisted for an award.
The Books For Schools campaign is one of eight schemes to make it into the finals in the building communities category of the Archant awards.
Archant, which owns the Times, gives out the award each year to projects which have made a significant difference to the community.
Books for Schools was set up by Vicky Angear in October 2017 after learning schools were struggling to provide new books for pupils due to funding cuts.
The Times and its sister paper, the Mercury, appealed to community groups, readers and authors for donations of books and vouchers and the papers have given out 1,900 books to primary schools so far.
Vicky said: “I am thrilled with the fantastic response from members of the community, which has enabled us to give out hundreds of new and exciting reads to pupils across North Somerset.
“Reading is such a vital skill, which has countless educational and social benefits, and we hope these new books will help more pupils to discover a love of reading.”
Evidence shows reading is key to all subjects and children who can read well also have better job opportunities in later life.
Reading is also known to boost health and wellbeing, enhance children’s imaginations and help them to develop empathy.
The Times is keen to keep donating books to schools, but it is appealing for more donations of vouchers and new or good quality second-hand books suitable for primary aged children.
Schools who would like to win books can email firstname.lastname@example.org with details of the reading initiatives they run.
Usborne is also supporting the campaign by giving schools the chance to win extra books for their pupils by holding a sponsored read.
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 for £600 or more Usborne will hand over an extra 60 per cent – £360 worth of books.
Donations can be dropped off at the Times’ office in Weston’s Waterloo Street, at Clevedon Community Bookshop, in Copse Road, or to Portishead Town Council’s office in the Folk Hall, High Street.