THEY were the last to sign up for our Books For Schools campaign.
But youngsters at Christ Church Primary, Burton-on-Trent, Staffs, are racing ahead to get their FREE books worth more than £600.
Every day until January 18, The Sun and The Sun on Sunday are printing Books For Schools tokens to collect for your local registered primary.
Once a school has collected 3,500 tokens, they will receive a totally free box of more than 100 brilliant reading books from the acclaimed Collins Big Cat programme.
And those free books will make a huge difference to the 309 pupils at Christ Church Primary who are avidly collecting tokens.
Deputy Head Lee Archer is encouraging all parents and grandparents to save tokens from The Sun.
Mr Archer says: “A lot of children here have English as an additional language but all the kids love reading.”
And to encourage them to become hooked on books, the school runs a scheme called Get Caught Reading.
Mr Archer explains: “The challenge is to get a snap of yourself reading somewhere weird and wonderful.
“The teachers take part, too, and I’ve read up in a cherry picker while the kids have read in the park, on their holidays.
"Our governors come in and hear the children read regularly too, not to mention we have a ‘golden ticket’ scheme where children who read a lot are entered into a prize draw.
“Books For Schools is a fantastic campaign and we are delighted we squeezed past the post in time.
“Our library is a good one but the books will make a huge difference and replace some of our tired-looking ones.”
Books For Schools is a fantastic campaign and we are delighted we squeezed past the post in time.Deputy Head Lee Archer
Once they have collected their 3,500 tokens, Christ Church Primary will receive a box of free books by top authors including War Horse writer Michael Morpurgo and David Walliams.
You can do the same for your child or grandchild’s school or just collect tokens from The Sun for one of the more than 6,000 primaries in England, Northern Ireland and Wales which registered to take part.
Find out more
1. Get your school to register at thesun.co.uk/booksforschools by Friday, November 22, 2019. Only schools can register, so encourage yours to sign up
2. Help your school collect 3,500 tokens from The Sun and The Sun on Sunday between Saturday, November 23, 2019, and Saturday, January 18, 2020
3. Once your school has 3,500 tokens, they will need to return them by Saturday, February 8, 2020
4. Your school will receive the books in March 2020
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You can find out the nearest school to you by using our postcode checker at thesun.co.uk/booksforschools.
Or, the kids at Christ Church Primary in Burton would be delighted to receive your tokens and you could help spark a child’s life-long love of reading.
Mr Archer says: “I’ve seen it time after time with children, if they find a book about a subject they love or a story they’re into they will spend ages devouring a book.”
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Maybe you have designed posters to inspire people. Or are you a teacher who has offered a prize for the pupil who collects the most? Or a reader who has been buying extra papers to help your local school?
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