Books by the bundle for Buchanhaven pupils to enjoy

Pupils at Peterhead’s Buchanhaven Primary can enjoy reading a bundle of new books in their school library thanks to a donation by the Morrisons Foundation.

Thursday, 4th March 2021, 7:05 am
Updated Thursday, 4th March 2021, 8:58 am
Community champion Sheena Irvine delivered the bundle of books.

The Morrisons Foundation donation comes after a recent study conducted by the National Literacy Trust showed that reading has provided a vital refuge for children during the ongoing lockdowns.

Fifty nine per cent of children stated that reading during lockdown made them feel better, 32 per cent said it helped them when they felt sad due to not being able to see family and friends, and 50 per cent said that reading inspired them to dream about the future beyond Covid-19.

Sheena Irvine, community champion from the Morrisons store in Peterhead, delivered the books to Buchanhaven Primary School.

She said: “I’m so proud to be helping kids in my community through this donation of books. We are living through challenging times and I hope these stories will give children at Buchanhaven School some fun and enjoyment.”

Buchanhaven School is one of 497 schools throughout England, Scotland and Wales to receive a book bundle which includes The Extraordinary Life of Amelia Earhart by Sheila Kanani and The Racehorse Who Learned to Dance by Clare Balding.

The initiative aims to encourage 125,000 children from local communities to discover a love of reading this World Book Day (March 4) and over the past three years Morrisons Community Champions have shared out 20,000 books with schools in their local communities.

David Scott, Morrisons Foundation trustee, said: “We’re delighted to be teaming up with the National Literacy Trust again to provide books to thousands of pupils across the UK. We hope these books for school libraries in our local communities will give enjoyment to children and help to boost their literacy skills.”

Jonathan Douglas CBE, chief executive of the National Literacy Trust, added: “We are proud to join forces with Morrisons Foundation to provide thousands of books to children who need them most this World Book Day.

"Books have the power to change children’s life stories and the books provided through this initiative will also provide inspiration and comfort during this continued time of uncertainty.”