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Students at Plympton Academy are helping to encourage reading for pleasure in their local community

L-R: Judith Bye, the Reverend Harris with Plympton Academy students Callum Maidment, Jacob Burns and Callum Page.

Working with the Reverend Robert Harris of Plympton St Mary’s Church, the students have been distributing books, and magazines to the local community.

DC Thomson, publishers of The People’s Friend magazine, answered the school’s request and donated a large consignment of magazines and large print novels.

“These books and magazines will be distributed through the church and will certainly be appreciated,” said Reverend Harris. “Reading for pleasure is so important and we are delighted to be working with the school to encourage an enjoyment in reading.”

Judith Bye, a member of the St Mary’s congregation, agreed that it was a pleasure to work with a group of such enthusiastic young people. “I’m looking forward to continuing this project in the next school year!”

Martin Edmonds, Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator at Plympton Academy, said: “Our students have worked on this project with great enthusiasm and I hope it will be just the start. It is vitally important that we all work to build support for basic literacy skills and encourage a love of reading.”

Plympton Academy has also donated some of their People's Friend books to the residents of Ashleigh Manor Care Home in Plympton.  Home Proprietor, Rebecca Lawley said:  "Our residents will really make good use of this kind donation and we are very appreciative of this support from The People's Friend and Plympton Academy.  The quality of the stories in these large print books will make them real favourites with our residents.”