A housebuilder has done its bit to encourage budding bookworms for World Book Day by donating a bundle of books worth £100 to local schools.
Pupils from Poppy and Jack’s Nursery in Weston, and Weston Village Primary School received the donation from Lovell Homes, part of the Morgan Sindall Group. The company is working in the area, building its new Weston Woods development.
The nursery and primary school, along with two other primary schools in the North West communities where the housebuilder is active, were also gifted copies of The Little Lost Hedgehog. The housebuilder created the book alongside budding authors from Lancaster Lane Community Primary School in Chorley.
“World Book Day is now something of a phenomenon with school children across the country, and even worldwide, dressing up as their favourite character for the day,” said Anne-Marie O’Doherty, Lovell Homes North West’s regional sales director.
“We worked with each school to give the teachers and students the chance to choose the books they wanted the most — we hope this will further engage the pupils in the power of storytelling and encourage a passion for books from a young age.
“We’re committed to building relationships, as well as homes, within the communities where our developments are based — celebrating World Book Day alongside schools in the area was a great way to do this and just one of the many projects we have planned for this year.”
Thomas Cutts, headteacher at Weston Village Primary School, added: “Reading is at the heart of our curriculum and there’s no better way of engaging children with reading than through a lovely selection of new books. We have established a strong relationship with Lovell Homes, which will really benefit the children and look forward to further opportunities to work together.”
World Book Day is a registered charity with the mission of giving every child a book of their own. It has become a worldwide celebration of reading and is now marked in over 100 countries.
Lovell Homes has developments in the communities surrounding the schools it worked with this World Book Day; Woodlark Chase in Thornton Cleveleys, Weston Woods in Weston, Shawbrook Manor in Leyland, and Oaktree Grange in Clayton-Le-Woods.
The other schools and nurseries that received the books were Norbreck Primary Academy in Thornton Cleveleys and Lancaster Lane Community Primary School in Clayton-Le-Woods.
Main Image: World Book Day with Norbreck Primary Academy pupils.