This year for World Book Day (7 March), we wanted to ensure that the young students we support could fully participate in the joys of reading with books of their very own.
With the help of six corporate partners, over 1,200 new and used books were delivered to nine schools supported by SHS. For many of the students (who were selected by their SHS practitioners), these are the first books they have ever owned.
Fast-forward a few months, and now that the students have had time to read and enjoy their gifted books, we wanted to share some feedback and photos!
“My name is Harmandeep [and] I love reading books and coming to the library because it fills my head with pictures and it makes me curious. I also love the library because it is where I can [concentrate] and where there is [peace].”
“My name is Joyra and I love reading and I’m so happy that I get a free book.”
“My name is Sumeya. I am in Year 8 and I love to read because I enjoy exploring a new life different to mine where I can feel free and get to leave my worries all by reading a few pages.”
“My name is Kamile, I adore reading because it takes your mind on an adventure.”
“I love the way we have David Walliams books. I also like [Roald] Dahl and Holly Webb. I like Night Time Stories for Rebel Girls. I love books!”
“My son who has autism was very content and calm flicking and touching the textures of the pictures on the pages of the books. He really enjoys looking at the pictures. The book keeps him engaged.”
“Mars Class Year 2) were very excited to receive the box of books. They were in great condition. We especially liked the non-fiction books about nature and colours. Thank you, Lisa Hilton”
“Thank you for Horrid Henry. I love them. I love joke books and Holly Webb. I love Dork Diaries so glad to have one in class. I love Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls. I find them really inspiring.”
Thank you to Liberum, London Stock Exchange Group (LSEG), Chaucer, Terra Firma, Hambro and Sidley for volunteering and making all the difference to this year’s SHS World Book Day Drive.
“Thanks to the organisations that donated the boxes of wonderful books for our children. At Rachel Keeling, we promote the sharing of books at home and in school with our families every day. We recognise the importance of literacy and communication in improving life chances and the impact of sharing books on well-being. These books will really help to support learning for our families and in times where budgets are so tight, it is wonderful to have some new resources.”
– Becky Dolamore, Head Teacher, Rachel Keeling Nursery School
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