A group of 16 – 17 year olds who are part of the National Citizenship Service (NCS) programme have joined together to raise money to buy computer tablets for local primary schools and children’s charities.
One of their chosen charities is local reading charity ABC to Read who work with children in Berkshire primary schools who are struggling with their reading. The charity provides mentors to work with the children one-to-one, building up their reading confidence and in-so-doing, raising their hopes of future achievement.
The NCS project aims to encourage a fun and engaging learning experience both at school and at home by providing tablets to children who may not have access to IT at home. The teenagers have so far raised over £500 to buy Kindles and Vtech tablets for the younger children who are working with an ABC to Read mentor. They are also hoping to seek funding from large companies.
Marcia Rowlinson, ABC to Read Chief Operating and Development Officer, said: “I am delighted that these young people have chosen ABC to Read to support in such a unique way. These tablets will help not only our mentors and the children they work with, but also the parents we support, to encourage them to read at home with their children.”
ABC to Read have a waiting list of schools who are looking for a volunteer reading mentor to work with their children. For those interested in becoming a volunteer, the next training session will be held in January 2015. All those interested should contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
If anybody would like to donate to the NCS project, visit: www.justgiving.com/IFP-NCS