Literacy campaign launched for Letchworth schools

A CAMPAIGN was launched yesterday (Tuesday) to encourage literacy in Letchworth GC schools.

Hillshott Infant School is working in conjunction with David’s Bookshop in the town in an appeal to the public to give a copy of their favourite children’s book to either HillShott, Northfields of Icknield infant schools.

A Giving Tree will be present in the Eastcheap bookshop in the run up to Christmas covered in tags bearing the names of different children’s titles and visitors can either choose a tag or select a title from the shop to purchase for their chosen school.

David’s are also donating 20 per cent of all book sales to Hillshott to fund further books at its library.

Joanne Wilson, headteacher of Hillshott, said: “Our school library is in desperate need of improvement and to make this possible the school has to fund the programme itself. With budgets being stretched ever further we are asking anyone who feels they are able to support this campaign by donating a book to help give our children, and those at Northfields and Icknield, the best start possible in developing their literacy skills.” At the campaign launch actresses Nicky Cobey and Olga Thompson performed A 1940s Christmas for Hillshott pupils.