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North-east schools receive share of £272,000 to help encourage youngsters to read

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A number of schools are sharing thousands of pounds to help youngsters develop a love of reading.

In total, 34 projects from across the country are splitting £272,000 in grants from the School Library Improvement Fund (Slif), including two each in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire.

Countesswells has been given £2,600 for its Book Blethers reading club, which invites parents and carers to get involved and help their children learn.

A sum of £5,000 has been awarded to Kittybrewster for a raft of activities including library visits, author visits and the launch of a book club.

Countesswells School head teacher Paula Rough said: “We were absolutely delighted to get the news of our successful Slif bid. It is a huge boost for us as a new school.

“Our Book Blethers is a two-part project firstly centring around fostering a love of reading for pleasure within our pupils and secondly developing family learning at home.

“We are excited to start putting our plans into motion and seeing the positive impact it will have on our learners.”

John Wheeler, the city council’s education convener, said: “My congratulations go out to the staff at both schools on their well-deserved funding awards.

“These are two really creative projects that I’m sure will catch the imaginations of pupils, parents and teachers alike and help encourage a lifelong love of reading among our younger children”.

Meanwhile, in Aberdeenshire, Banchory Academy has been awarded £1,200 so pupils can visit primaries, nurseries and care homes and read to others.

And Drumblade Primary will open a Language Lab and produce its own quarterly newspaper, using £18,000 in funding.

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