Before Christmas, Peterborough Reads’ annual book gifting scheme collected 150 books donated by members of the public to give to children in the most disadvantaged areas of the city.
Throughout November and December, people in Peterborough were asked to purchase a book from a carefully curated list and drop them off at Metro Bank or The Cresset. The list had titles appropriate for a variety of ages and all were recommended by local primary schools because of their connection with the curriculum.
Four schools have benefited from the scheme – Beeches, Ormiston Meadows Academy, Leighton Primary and St Augustine’s Junior School – and some were also provided to a food bank and a church’s warm hub.
“A lot of joy was brought to a lot of children with these lovely new books. We’ve been able to provide for children who live in very challenging circumstances. Thank you, thank you, thank you.”Tim Smith, Headteacher at Beeches Primary School
Peterborough Reads Manager Sally Atkinson said: “We’re thrilled to have been able to give 150 children a book of their own this Christmas thanks to the generosity of the Peterborough public. Thanks also to Metro Bank and The Cresset for acting as drop-off points – this annual scheme shows us every year that the city has a wonderful community spirit.”
National Literacy Trust research shows children who have no books of their own are nearly four times as likely to read below the expected level for their age.