YOUNGSTERS from three Rawmarsh schools are being encouraged to enjoy books, through a Parkgate-sponsored scheme.
A project involving Ryecroft Infant School, Monkwood Primary School and St Joseph’s RC Primary began with a teachers’ training session run by Parkgate Shopping and the National Literacy Trust.
Teachers are helping 180 kids to choose books at special events, and they are then invited to keep three of them.
Parkgate staff are visiting the schools, and plan a special event in conjunction with WH Smith to coincide with World Book Day in March.
British Land, owners of the shopping park, are spending £8.000 on the reading initiative in Rotherham as part of a £35,000 national Young Readers’ programme.
Denis Copeland, park manager, said: “We are delighted to support this worthwhile project aimed at helping young people fall in love with reading”.
Caroline Sence of the National Literacy Trust, said: “One in three children in the UK do not own a book and our campaign alongside British Land and Parkgate Shopping is to tackle this deprivation in the most practical way”.