Luton school receives £400 donation to help buy more books

A school in Luton has received a £400 donation to help buy new books and increase the range available for pupils.

Thursday, 23rd January 2020, 6:00 am

Nisa Local, in Lewsey Farm, presented the cheque to Chantry Primary Academy on Thursday, January 16, the money was donated from the store's Making A Difference Locally fund.

Making a Difference Locally is a charity launched to help independently run stores to add value to their communities, by nominating charities, good causes or organisations, to receive a donation from the fund. The money is raised through the sale of certain products in store and donation pots.

The school is trying to raise £4,000 to replenish the book stock for the Accelerated Reader scheme, which is a structured online reading programme which encourages children to read for pleasure.

Chantry Primary Academy have received a 400 donation to buy more books

Jamie Kelly, Chantry Primary Academy deputy headteacher, said: "The money will go towards funding book bundles for a new reading scheme, Accelerated Reader, which we are implementing in February.

"The scheme is encouraged to enthuse and engage the children with reading, and by buying new book bundles, refreshing what we currently have, we are hoping to do this.

"We are looking to raise about £4,000, we have £2,000 from the Christmas Fayre, £150 from our design a Christmas Card project, £150 from a magician evening we had in November, and £200 from our hallowe'en disco.

"We have a valentine's disco planned, as well as some other projects to raise money, we also have an Amazon wishlist where we are receiving new book donations too.

"This would be the best way to make donations, as the books we need would be delivered straight to us."