Free Books for Local Schools
The 2022 Annual Literacy Survey conducted by the National Literacy Trust (NLT) found that almost 1 in 5 children aged 5 to 8 do not have a book of their own at home and only 1 in 2 children read daily. This is despite 3 in 4 enjoying reading and 2 in 3 saying that reading makes them feel better, helps them to relax and helps them feel happy.
When our CEPO, Joe, saw these figures he was shocked and wanted to try and change that for children in our parish. He approached the NLT about supporting our local schools with a donation of books and was over the moon when the NLT said they could help! In July nearly 1000 books were delivered to our Office ranging from 'The Wind in the Willows' by Kenneth Grahame to 'Madame Badobedah' by Sophie Dahl to 'The Breakfast Club Adventures: The Ghoul in the School' by Marcus Rashford and Alex Falase-Koya.
The Mayor of Wolverton gave these books out to local schools over the last week of term. If your child received a book, we’d love to know what they thought of the story. If they have been inspired to write their own tales, why don’t you get them to enter our writing competition?