This week, I launched my Read to Succeed Campaign which aims to raise enough money to buy a new reading book for every Year 4 child in North East Cambridgeshire.
The initiative, supported by the Bishop of Ely, teachers, businesses and community groups, ensures that every Year 4 child in North East Cambridgeshire can have a new book to take home and keep before the school summer holidays. This year group being chosen because it is the age at which children often begin to read more independently.
I first ran this campaign 3 years ago after a number of teachers raised the issue that many children fail to make progress in their literacy skills during the summer holiday, when they are out of school. Read to Succeed aims to help combat this. In the back of every book donated is a library token which each child can take to their local library and take part in the Reading Agency’s Summer Reading Challenge.
Last year, local libraries recorded an 11% increase in children participating in the Summer Reading Challenge as a result of the scheme. Thanks to the kind donations from local businesses and the community, enough money was raised to buy 2500 books – one for every year 4 and year 5 child in the constituency.
Local parent, Melanie Hart said: “Both of my children have received free books from Steve’s Read to Succeed campaign, I think it is a great initiative and we are very much looking forward to this year’s Summer Reading Challenge at our local library”
The Summer Reading Challenge encourages children to read six books of their choice throughout the school summer holiday and once completed, children will receive a medal and a certificate at an awards ceremony. But this is not all, there are also prizes on offer for the schools with the most children who complete the Summer Reading Challenge. Prizes which can be won include:
- Whole Class Film Screening at The Light Cinema (Wisbech)
- Swimming pool party at any FDC swimming pool
- Roald Dahl’s ‘Revolting Rhymes’ Workshop Session with Rhubarb Theatre
- Fenland Bushcraft Workshop Session
- Animal Handling Workshop with Lion Learners
- Individual Prize Winners will also win a tour around the Houses of Parliament
To continue the success of last year’s campaign I would welcome donations from local businesses and individuals to buy new books. This year, I have partnered with the Norfolk Children’s Book Centre who are kindly supplying books at a reduced rate. Just £150 would be enough to purchase a new book for a whole class of children in Fenland and any donations will make a positive contribution towards encouraging children to read throughout the summer break and fostering a life-long love for reading.
I hope that constituents will join the Bishop of Ely, local head teachers and above all students, to allow for some children their very first book to own and for others the excitement of having something new to read over the summer. 1,347 books will allow us to give every child in Year 4 a new book and should the campaign receive more, I will be able to roll it out to further year groups.
To donate, please make payments directly to the Norfolk Children’s Book Centre. Donations may be made payable via electronic transfer, cheque or telephone by Monday 28 June.
For electronic transfer please use the banking details below:
|Account name:||Norfolk Children’s Book Centre|
|Reference:||Read to Succeed|
Cheques may be made payable to Norfolk Children’s Book Centre, with ‘Read to Succeed’ quoted as a reference on the back of the cheque. Please post all cheques to: Norfolk Children’s Book Centre, Church Lane, Alby, Norwich NR11 7HB
To donate via telephone, please contact the Norfolk Children’s Book Centre on:
Alternatively you can purchase any of the requested titles at any store and deliver them to: Steve Barclay MP, MJS House, Wisbech Road, March, PE15 0BA