Many children have not been able to access the normal library of books during lockdown and reading is such an important part of primary school education. Amelia Oldershaw and her Mum, Frances have set up an appeal to ask residents to donate their old primary school age books on World Book Day this week (Thursday 4 March).
World Book Day is a big day in the school calendar with pupils enjoying dressing up in their favourite book character. Amelia, 21 who is studying history of Art at Manchester came up with the idea. She said, “We are proud of the amazing children of Henley and have been thinking of them as they haven’t been able to go to school and see their friends. We would be so grateful if residents could support them with their reading by donating children’s books they no longer need. These books will be shared among them through their schools.”
Headteacher, Tim Hoskins at Badgemore School said, “Frances, a former school volunteer had the great idea of asking the Henley Community if they had been decluttering their homes over lockdown and had any unwanted books that they did not know what to do with. She has suggested that perhaps these good-quality, but unwanted books could be distributed to the schools in Henley. This week all Henley and Shiplake schools have placed Book Boxes outside their schools to collect these books.
World Book Day is going to look different this year, but hopefully just as fun. At Badgemore Primary School, we love to mark this special event, but in a way which doesn’t overload parents or cause additional stress in an already stressful time.
One of the key aims of the English curriculum is to encourage children to develop the habit of reading widely and often for pleasure and information. Therefore, for this year’s World Book Day Challenge our children will be sending in photographs of themselves reading in fun and unusual places. They can read one of their favourite books or their current reading book or anything that they would normally be reading in the course of their day. For example, this could be a recipe book if they are going to do some baking, or an instructions manual if they are making a model, or instructions for how to play a game. It could be that the whole family take a book out with them on a walk and sit and read for a bit. We just want to children to have some fun with their reading. The pictures will be shared with the whole school in our weekly Friday Celebration Assembly. ”
Residents and parents can drop their books of at their local school or at a collection box at the Town Hall between 9.00-4.00pm.
Henley Mayor, Ken Arlett was approached to help with the appeal. He said, “Firstly let me congratulate local resident Frances Oldershaw, in setting up the donation of children’s books next Thursday, at different schools throughout the town. Henley Town Council have also arranged for the Town Hall to be used as a dropping off point. They will be distributed to the schools and I hope to help with this myself. Hopefully residents will look out for any children’s books that they no longer need and be part of this amazing day.”