Swapping books for charity

The deadline is fast approaching for primary school pupils in Aberdeenshire to swap books and raise money for charity as part of ScottishPower’s Swap Shop 2012.

Schools have until Wednesday, May 23, to register to take part in the initiative which is designed to encourage reading while raising money for Aberlour, a children’s charity that provides help to over 6,000 of Scotland’s most vulnerable children, young people and their families each year.

Now in its fourth year, Swap Shop has already seen more than 5,500 book swaps and thousands of pounds donated to local charities. ScottishPower is urging schools to sign up and encourage pupils to exchange books and donate 50 pence per swap.

Ann Loughrey, head of corporate social responsibility at ScottishPower, said: “Swap Shop is a great activity to encourage pupils to interact with each other and read a new book before the end of the school term, while also raising money for a really worthwhile charity like Aberlour.

“The winning school will also receive the fantastic prize of a visit from a leading children’s author who will be participating in the Edinburgh International Book Festival.”

Swap Shop is a national reading challenge run by ScottishPower in partnership with the Edinburgh International Book Festival, to celebrate the energy company’s official sponsorship of the festival.

If you would like to register your school to take part in the ScottishPower Swap Shop please contact Roanna Katz at The BIG Partnership on swapshop@bigpartnership.co.uk or call 0141 333 9585. Schools should register their interest before Wednesday, May 23.

The book swaps should take place by Friday, June 22.