WORLD Book Day had a happy ending for youngsters at a Stratford primary school.
Children at Thomas Jolyffe received a donation of new books for their library from the Morrisons Foundation on Thursday (March 2).
The Morrisons Foundation has partnered with the National Literacy Trust to donate 5,500 books to help inspire and nurture a love of reading for over 100,000 primary school children.
In addition to helping pupils with their literacy skills, the donated books have been specifically chosen to cover topics that are relevant for the development of a child’s mental health, their emotional wellbeing and social inclusion.
John Barrott, Community Champion at Stratford, donated the books to the school on World Book Day, when youngsters dressed up as their favourite book characters.
He said: “I’m delighted that through the partnership between the Morrisons Foundation and the National Literacy Trust we’re able to provide these wonderful books for pupils at Thomas Jolyffe Primary School in our community.
“It’s great to be able to help encourage children to read with their friends, families and teachers and I hope that they enjoy reading the books for many years to come.”
Jonathan Douglas, Chief Executive of the National Literacy Trust added: “It’s wonderful to be working with the Morrisons Foundation for the fifth year to ensure children in communities across the country are able to access books and celebrate World Book Day.
“Through schools and the inspirational work of the Morrisons Community Champions we’re delighted to be delivering books to thousands of children, many of whom may never have owned their own book before. The right book at that right time could be the spark of a child’s reading journey and help to develop crucial literacy skills they need to succeed at school and in adult life.”