Builder’s boost for budding bookworms

Students at two Rugby primary schools were treated to book vouchers in celebration of World Book Day, which took place on Thursday March 2.

Davidsons Homes, which has recently started building at Houlton in Rugby, donated £100 worth of book vouchers to the Hillmorton Primary School and the Clifton-upon-Dunsmore Church of England Primary School.

This year marked the 20th anniversary of World Book Day, which is celebrated in 100 countries across the world.

Sarah Burgess, Literacy Co-ordinator at Hillmorton Primary School, said: “The school puts books at the centre of our learning.  We look forward to any opportunity to celebrate books and reading.

“With the kind voucher donation from Davidsons Homes we are hoping to enhance our school library, in time for our Top 100 Reads Challenge.”

Clifton-upon-Dunsmore Church of England Primary School celebrated the power of picture books and the children were encouraged to create their own shoebox scene, or potato head, based on their favourite books.

Head Teacher at Clifton-upon-Dunsmore, Lisa Bernard, thanked Davidsons Homes for its donation and stressed the importance of reading at an early age.

Mrs Bernard said: “Reading is a skill for life and is used to support learning in all areas of the curriculum.  Good reading skills in the early years provide a strong foundation for the future and allow children to access worlds of wonder that spark their imagination.

“World Book Day provides us with an opportunity to share a wider range of texts with the children and expose them to new authors. That is why we have introduced our book swap shop to encourage our pupils to keep reading a range of books that they might not have thought about before.”

Stephanie King, Sales Director for Davidsons Homes, said: “We’re delighted to be donating these book vouchers, which we hope will inspire more children to take up reading for pleasure.

“We are very proud to support the communities we build in and we wish both schools all the best for the remainder of the school year.”

Davidsons Homes has started construction work on 105 new homes on the former Rugby Radio Station, next to Hillmorton on the eastern edge of Rugby.