Science-based technology firm 3M is funding a Reading at Home scheme for pupils at a local school to help the children to continue to enjoy reading, supporting their learning and wellbeing.
Each pupil from Red Hall Primary School in Darlington will receive two books appropriate for their age as part of the initiative.
3M is working with the charity, United Way UK, to deliver the 3M/United Way Reading at Home scheme at a number of schools where support will be particularly valued.
The firm’s funding will help fill a vital gap as many children have had their education interrupted due to the pandemic and reading progression is a major concern.
Year 4 teacher Gillian Marshall said: “Reading is one of the most important things a child will learn at school.
“At Red Hall Primary School, we recognise the importance of ensuring our pupils are provided with the necessary skills that will allow them to access the world they live in, as well as promoting a true love for reading.
“We strongly believe that a wide range of books ignite our children’s imaginations and give them ways to think, create new ideas and be transported to new worlds.
“We are so grateful to 3M for giving our children the opportunity to further their love of reading.”
3M’s corporate communications manager John Klee added: “We are delighted to support this reading scheme for the pupils in partnership with United Way UK.
“Children who have books at home are three times more likely to read above the level expected for their age compared with their peers who don’t have their own books.
“Reading at home can also have a positive impact on a child’s mental health and bring a great deal of enjoyment.”