Children are ‘booked’ into council depot

Published on: Wednesday, 10-February-2016

A Huyton primary school has come up with a novel idea to encourage reading in the community.

Hope Primary School’s 'Books about Town' project has seen pupils hold reading sessions in a variety of unusual locations – the latest being Knowsley Council’s depot at Stretton Way, Huyton.

The depot is the base for a number of council services, including waste collections, winter gritting and street cleansing, so the children were able to combine their reading with a fun fact finding session about local services, the vehicles and equipment used.

Other ‘Books about Town’ sessions have been held at Feltwood Manor Residential Village, Stockbridge Village - where the youngsters read with residents and heard their stories of years gone by – as well as Huyton Village and the local police and fire stations.

Belinda Basnett, Head Teacher of Hope Primary School said: “The children had a great time at the depot and enjoyed spreading the word that it’s fun to read in a variety of places! The project is about losing yourself in a good book... and promoting reading across the community.”

Cllr Christina O’Hare, Knowsley Council’s Cabinet Member for Neighbourhood Delivery said: “We were delighted to welcome the children into our depot and support their ‘Books about Town’ project. The children had fun exploring the vehicles and equipment and learning more about how we provide a variety of important services in their communities, such as waste collection, winter gritting and street cleansing.”