A new literacy project launched by Milford Haven School this week has proved to be an instant success.
‘Bags of Books’ saw 50 brand new books distributed free of charge to the local community in less than two hours.
The scheme, which was designed to share additional reading material with the community and support literacy, was set up by Gemma Baker, Communications Officer at Milford Haven School.
She explained how it worked: “On Tuesday June 16th there were over 50 clear bags tied to our front fencing (Steynton Road entrance), with each bag containing a brand new book for children of all ages.
“The community were invited to come and collect a free book between 10am and 3pm.
“We asked everyone who attended to follow social distancing guidance and only touch a book if they intended to take it.
“The children invited did not have to be a pupil of Milford Haven School in order to access the event - anyone from the local area was welcome to come and take part making this a truly inclusive community event.
“Incredibly all of the resources found new homes in just under two hours!”
Headteacher Ceri-Ann Morris thanked everyone who had taken part and said they hoped to hold another 'Bags of Books' event in the future.
“Milford Haven School are proud to support our community in as many ways as possible, including developing strong literacy skills in our young people so reading can be utilised for both pleasure and learning,” she said.
“Reading is tied to everything we do and good literacy skills help lay the foundation for a child's success in school and later life.
“The overwhelmingly positive response has highlighted to us the need for schools to find more creative ways like 'Bags of Books' to support our communities with literacy resources, especially given the unique set of circumstances we face with regards to Covid-19 and home learning.”
Jenny Turner, Milford Haven School’s Leader for Literacy, said the scheme is just one of the ways in which the school continues to support and champion literacy.
“Milford Haven School understands the importance of equipping our pupils with the strong literacy skills they require to truly fulfil their potential,” she said.
“Excellent reading skills form the bedrock on which our children are able learn and access the world around them.
“Together, with parents and carers, we nurture and guide our pupils to build these vital skills, while also developing a lifelong enjoyment of reading.”