Sue Tomes is Headteacher of Wimbledon Chase Primary School, London. Sue wrote this following a grant from A Book of My Own to enable children who might not otherwise have their own books to choose some from their local bookshop.
I just wanted to let you know that we took 3 groups of children to the bookshop in Wimbledon this week and let them choose 3 books each to keep. It was such a lovely experience for them. It was quite moving to watch them in the bookshop choosing their books, with the help of the adults, and then sitting down to start reading (one little girl had a thumb in her mouth). They felt really special and proudly carried their new books home in a carrier bag to show their parents. The whole experience was special for them – even the ride in my car to the bookshop (it isn’t every day that they get to go in the Headteacher’s car). They were also thrilled to get 3 bookmarks each from the shop assistant.
The children were very polite and kept saying thank you to me for organising the trip, but I suggested they should write a letter to thank you as well, so please could you give me a forwarding address so that I can post these off to you next week.
So you see, your gift of £800 has been very worthwhile – it will not only help their reading but also their writing. I can’t believe how much it has also raised their self-esteem. It seems to have really given them a boost.
We will send off the final invoice to you when we receive it from the bookshop.
Thank you again from the bottom of my heart. I am very grateful.
With best wishes.