Beaumont Shopping Centre’s £10K donation will help improve reading skills

Beaumont Shopping Centre has donated £10,000 to boost the reading skills of hundreds of pupils at three Leicester primary schools.

This is the second year the shopping centre and its owner British Land has funded the National Literacy Trust’s Young Readers programme in Leicester. The programme aims to encourage reading by helping youngsters discover the joy of books.

As part of this year’s programme Beaumont will host a storytelling session open to the public in the mall outside Tesco. There will be two storytellers running the session on Thursday 1 May from 2.45 to 3.05pm.

This £10,000 donation will help 250 pupils aged between eight and ten at Beaumont Lodge Primary, Inglehurst Junior School and Fosse Park Primary.

Children taking part will learn how to choose books at the right reading level that really interest them. They get the opportunity to choose three books to keep. WH Smith has also donated vouchers to each of the participating schools to boost their library resources.

All three schools will visit Beaumont Shopping Centre this week to take part in fun events and to get their first book: Inglehurst Juniors on Tuesday 29 April; Beaumont Lodge on Wednesday 30 April; and Fosse on Thursday 1 May. They will attend a story telling session hosted by the Library and make a bookmark in a craft workshop. And the manager of Tesco will give them a tour of how books reach the shelves of Tesco.

Steve Goddard, deputy manager of Beaumont Shopping Centre, said: “We’re delighted to be sponsoring the Young Readers programme. It’s a great scheme that encourages children to take real pleasure in books both at school and at home.”

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