In support of World Book Week (2 — 6 March 2015), Business in the Community is calling on businesses to ask their employees to gather together as books (used and new) for children aged 8 — 10 years old. Books can be donated in workplaces up to 13 March and will be collected from participating companies and distributed to primary schools across Northern Ireland.
Jude Molyneaux and Ellie Redfern from Ashgrove Primary School encourage businesses to ask their employees to donate 'barrows full of books' during World Book Week (2 — 6 March) to help improve the literacy of primary school children across Northern Ireland. To find out more visit www.bitcni.org.uk
Dervla Strong, Business in the Community Time to Read Manager explains:
"Every week across Northern Ireland over 400 business volunteers read with over 700 children in our schools. The importance of literacy and being able to read well cannot be underestimated. Reading provides a vital foundation for all other areas of learning and has an impact throughout a person's life. This is a priority for government and an area where our business volunteers are making a huge impact."
One such volunteer, Imelda McVeigh from Allstate NI adds:
"I believe that Time to Read is an important part of my week and having this time supported by my employer is great. Giving back in this way brings benefits to the children and to me. My Time to Read children are delightful and we have a good rapport. Seeing them progress week on week is extremely rewarding. I feel that my employer is making an investment in the future workforce and in helping me develop skills such as active listening."
Getting involved is really easy. Businesses can register and download a FREE poster from www.bitcni.org.uk/events and place around their workplaces. Business in the Community will arrange for all books to be collected week commencing 9 March and distributed to primary schools to boost their reading resources.
To download your free poster, visit www.bitcni.org.uk/events or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.