3:54 PM December 7, 2021
A van delivering books to students across the country will visit an elementary school in Hackney.
Enterprise Rent-A-Car and the National Literacy Trust have teamed up to distribute nearly 23,000 copies of Serena Patel’s award-winning book, Anisha Accidental Detective, to 240 elementary schools, including The Olive School on St John’s Church Road.
The van’s six-day reading road trip, which kicks off on December 6, will take her from Belfast to London.
It was specially decorated by book illustrator Emma McCann, featuring characters from the book.
Author Serena Patel said she supports the campaign to promote fun reading: “Lockdowns have been tough for everyone and so being part of such a positive and inspiring project is a huge privilege. I couldn’t be prouder that Anisha helps encourage children to discover the excitement of reading. “
The National Literacy Trust has worked with Enterprise to identify communities across the UK that will benefit from a book injection in an effort to encourage more reading among young children.
Children can take books home as gifts to reinforce learning in the classroom.
Company employees have also saved a side-reading version of the book which children can access through an online link or QR code as additional aid to help them read.
The initiative was made possible by a donation of £ 128,000 from the Enterprise Holdings Foundation as part of the $ 55 million global ROAD Forward initiative that promotes social and racial equity projects around the world.
Darranda Rowswell, Director of Development at the National Literacy Trust, said: “About one in 11 children from low-income families does not have a book at home.
“Reading is not only a lot of fun, but it’s a vital skill and we want all children to enjoy reading.
“Children and youth who love to read and read frequently are better readers, which helps them reach their full potential in school and in life. “
Simon Caughey-Rogers, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility and Corporate Charity Events, said: “A lot of our super star employees also struggle with reading in school. Every child should receive the support they need to be their best. “