By Melissa Kasule
Children at a primary school have been gifted more than 300 books in response to the coronavirus crisis.
Surrey Quays has donated bundles of popular children’s books and fun work-activity packs to Rotherhithe Primary School in Rotherhithe New Road.
The new initiative is led by Surrey Quays’ owner British Land, a real estate investment company, in partnership with National Literacy Trust, in an aim to encourage children to enjoy reading outside of the classroom with most children learning from home due to Covid-19.
Families in Rotherhithe will also have free access to virtual storytelling sessions – Young Readers Story Club to help spark a love of stories, supporting children’s listening and creative skills.
Professional storytellers included are award-winning children’s poet Dominic Berry and Amanda Edmiston, as well as books from authors, Thomas Taylor and Sam McBratney.
Lisa Christiansen, head of school at Rotherhithe Primary School, said: “It’s been great to watch so many of our local families get excited about the activity booklets and choosing brand new books to take home.
“This has really meant a lot to us and we know just how much of a difference they will make to children in our local area.”
Ian Moore, centre manager at Surrey Quays, added: “Encouraging children to love to read and giving them access to their own books is so important, especially at this particularly difficult time.
“We’re really pleased to be able to continue to work with the National Literacy Trust to support local families in the community.”
British Land supports communities local to its shopping centres, retail parks and office campuses.
The National Literacy Trust works with schools, communities and businesses to ensure that children and families have access to the magical world of books. With families currently unable to access books from schools or libraries.
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