Cut-price books with a biblical theme at school
A PLYMOUTH primary school has received a visit from a group providing children with cut price books.
Knowle Primary School and the Christian Resource Centre combined to put on a subsidised religious books event.
The whole school – some 300 pupils – was given the opportunity to attend and buy Christian themed books. The subsidies are funded mainly by churches and individuals, and mean the children get each book for a just a pound. Deborah Marsh, the Religious Education co-ordinator at Knowle, said the event was important for the children.
"It's about trying to get children to read and to consider the real reason for Christmas, and that it isn't only about taking but giving too. We encourage them not only to buy books for themselves, but also for members of their families."
Malcolm Halliday of the Christian Resource Centre, which works with young people at churches and schools in the community, praised the positive impact of such events.
"Books events are about showing that all children matter. We believe that our faith matters too and these events allow children to think about that and then come to an informed decision about what they believe."
Deborah said that contact with community groups was good for the children, teaching them that they are part of a larger community than they see on a daily basis.
"By having contact with the Christian Resource Centre, the children learn about community cohesion."