Books for Schools campaign launched in Suffolk
Today marks the first day of this year’s Books for Schools program.
Starting today, you can help your local school win a share of new books for their library.
All you need to do is simply collect tokens printed in The East Anglian Daily Times and Ipswich Star and then send them to your local participating school.
Each participating school will win £ 100 worth of books.
The school that raises the most will win £ 1,000 worth of books and the two finalists will win £ 500.
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A number of schools have already joined the program, including Shotley Community Primary, Cedars Park Primary and Norton CEVC Primary School.
“We have just opened a brand new library building as part of our commitment to improving the reading offering in schools,” said Peter Mabbitt, deputy principal of Norton CEVC Elementary School.
“One of the four key drivers of our school curriculum is that every child should leave us at the end of Grade 6 as an avid reader, so we are now looking to refresh our collection of fiction and non-fiction books.
“It is also very important to us that every student in the school has the opportunity to read a story about children like them. ”
Suffolk-based author Sophie Green said: “The most important element in reading for pleasure is choice, from comics to factual books, from novels to picture books; finding the right book at the right time makes all the difference, so kids need lots of choices.
“Books are full of possibilities. They can take you on adventures on other planets and through this one, through time and in someone else’s place, they help us understand and understand ourselves.
“Every child deserves access to a library and every school library needs lots of books because reading changes lives.
Children’s book author Anne Marie Howell said: “It is so important to foster a love of reading in children. In addition to developing vocabulary, language and writing skills, reading builds empathy, and evidence shows that a child who reads for pleasure will be more successful socially and economically as an adult.
“Having access to new and diverse books is essential, so I am delighted that Archant will be making so many books available to elementary school children in Norfolk and Suffolk. ”