The Sutton Coldfield store has helped five local schools become book smart by collectively donating £600 of reading books, in a bid to enhance children’s learning.
Staff wrote to primary schools in the local area and five schools took the store up on their offer; each collecting £120 worth of free books.
On Wednesday 17 September, Headteacher Mrs Fleur Greaves, Community Liaison Caroline Cotterill and Head Girl Jessica Doorman and Head Boy Louis Newbold, both aged 10, from one of the recipient schools, Banners Gate Primary, went to the store to collect the books.
Headteacher Fleur was appreciative in her thanks, 'We have been working with Specsavers in Sutton Coldfield for the past 18 months. We were absolutely thrilled to be offered literacy resources for the school. After a discussion with our Literacy Coordinator we advised the store of the reading scheme we follow and the type of books which would benefit our children. We were delighted to attend the store with our Head Boy and Head Girl to receive the books from Tim Goodhew. We extend our thanks to the store for the support they have given to our school.'
Store director Tim Goodhew said, ‘As well as offering free eye examinations for all children, we thought how else can we enhance a child’s quality of learning? The answer was simple, to offer free books to schools so children can practice reading, in school and at home.
‘We hope the children will benefit from the additional reading materials, and we will continue to work with schools in the near future. We thank Banners Gate Primary for coming to the store and collecting them!’
Eye tests are free under the NHS to the over 60s, under 16s, those under 19 in full-time education, people already diagnosed with diabetes and those aged 40 or over who are either brother, sister or child of a diagnosed glaucoma patient.