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The 9th year of the Young Readers Programme at Meadowhall

Community Week at Meadowhall commenced on Monday 19th of June to give the centre’s staff a week to support local community organisations each day of the week, and the chance for employees to get together and connect. To end Community Week, Meadowhall launched the Young Readers Programme at the centre for the ninth year.

2 pupils reading a book on floor

To finish off Community Week with a big bang, Meadowhall launched the Young Readers Programme, which welcomed 225 school children from Beck Primary, Kimberworth Community Primary and Wincobank Academy for storytelling sessions, all in the name of helping children fall in love with reading. These sessions allowed local children to listen to award-winning poems from Dominic Berry, as well as participate in creating an epic poem of all the student’s favourite things!

“Supporting our community is very important to us, so we’re incredibly proud of the Young Readers Programme and all the local children and families we’ve been able to help in the last nine years,” said Darren Pearce, Centre Director at Meadowhall.”

During the literacy-focused events, pupils also took part in a range of fun activities, including designing their own emoji at the Apple Store, participating in a treasure hunt at Waterstones, and making their own bubble bath soap bar at Lush, as well as taking home a book of their choice!

Pupils drawing on iPad

Martin Galway, head of school programmes at the National Literacy Trust, said: “The right book, at the right moment, can change a child’s life.

“That’s what the Young Readers Programme has been doing with British Land for the last 12 years – giving children from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds the opportunity to experience enchanting story-telling events, and to choose books that speak to their interests and passions.”


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