Stafford schoolchildren to benefit from workbook donation to inspire budding creative writers as they return to school

Budding JK Rowling’s or Phillip Pullman’s at a Stafford school have been boosted with a donation of workbooks from Central England Co-op as they return to school for a shortened summer term.

The Western Membership and Community Council (MCC) at the retailer has donated 150 of the specially created creative writing workbooks to be given to Year 6 pupils at Veritas Primary Academy.

It is hoped the books will be a nice surprise for the pupils as they return following an easing of the Government’s lockdown restrictions and help get their creative juices flowing.

The school in Weston Road is near to Central England Co-op’s Brereton Way food store in the town and pupils helped to cut the ribbon on the store when it opened last year.

Since then, the retailer’s Membership and Community Relations Officer James Knight has built strong links with the school and was delighted to be able to make the donation of the books on behalf of the Western MCC.

He said: “It has been fantastic working with Veritas Primary Academy over the last 18 months and we have delivered healthy choices workshops and Fairtrade assemblies as part of our community work and educational programmes.

“During these uncertain times we have been unable to do our school visits so when the opportunity came for us to support Veritas with the donation of the books we were delighted to make it happen, particularly to give pupils a boost as they return to school this summer.

“The books enable the children to make notes, draw pictures and plan their work in a book that is not their school book. This means they can write freely, be truly creative and hopefully encouraged to enjoy writing.”

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