The Specsavers stores across Kent are backing Buster’s Book Club, a scheme set up by the KM Charity Team to make reading cool in schools.
The initiative encourages children to read more at home by putting them in competition with others from rival schools, with great prizes like a visit from a storyteller and a hamper of books available for those who emerge victoriously.
Popular with families
The scheme is proving effective at engaging parents and pupils – especially boys – in the importance of reading.
More than 34,000 children and families were involved in Buster’s Book Club in 2018, and the KM Charity Team are still accepting applications from schools who are keen to sign up.
A word from the regional chair
Jason Gillan, store director in Canterbury, Faversham and Herne Bay, and regional chair for the Specsavers stores in Kent said: ‘According to the National Literacy Trust, there is a clear relationship between reading skills and the amount of time that children and young people spend reading when they are not at school.
‘This can clearly have an impact on their progress at school, and once they leave school, so reading more is really important. We are delighted to be backing Buster’s Book Club in our stores, and hope it encourages all of our customers and their families to lose themselves in a good book a little more often.’