A primary school in Leicester has been given £400 to spend on new library books by leading developers Barratt Homes and David Wilson Homes.
Located on the housebuilders’ New Lubbesthorpe development, New Lubbesthorpe Primary School has used the donation to give a greater variety of reading options to children in the local community.
Usborne Publishing, which worked in partnership with the school, launched a Community Book Pledge as a nationwide initiative to help schools and nurseries across the UK and Europe benefit from more books, boosting literacy levels through encouraging reading for pleasure.
Barratt Homes and David Wilson Homes each contributed £200 towards the fundraiser, which raised over £1,800 in total and helped to source 307 new books for the library at New Lubbesthorpe Primary School, which is part of the OWLS Academy Trust.
Miss Hackett, Headteacher at New Lubbesthorpe Primary School said: “We are overjoyed with the opportunity this provides our pupils, expanding their reading experiences across our school. The books will further enhance our library greatly.”
A survey from The National Literacy Trust found that children’s enjoyment of reading has increased during lockdown, rising from 47.8% before lockdown to 55.9% afterwards.
It was reported that three in five children surveyed (59.3%) thought that reading made them feel better during lockdown, whilst three in 10 (31.6%) felt that reading helped them when they felt sad due to being unable to see families and friends.
John Reddington, Managing Director at David Wilson Homes East Midlands, said: “We are delighted to be able to give £200 to New Lubbesthorpe Primary School as it’s really important that we support the community in the areas in which we build.”
Mark Cotes, Managing Director at Barratt Homes North Midlands, said: “We hope that the donation has enabled the children to have a broad selection of books to read in their library and will continue to support the pupils in and out of the education environment.”
For more information, visit the website at New Lubbesthorpe Primary School.
For further information about Barratt Homes, call the sales team on 033 3355 8472 or visit the website at https://www.dwh.co.uk/new-homes/dev000784-new-lubbesthorpe/.
To learn more about David Wilson Homes, call the sales team on 033 3355 8483 or visit the website at https://www.dwh.co.uk/new-homes/dev000784-new-lubbesthorpe/.