Stockton Stories Launch

18th May, 2021

WE ARE launching our very own book STOCKTON STORIES on Friday 4th June at Castlegate and we would love for you to join us!

With the help of children in the Teesside community we have created our very own book of Stockton Stories that is filled with stories, pictures and poems from children telling us about their experiences during the coronavirus pandemic.   Read more about the book here.  

Join us on our launch day from 11am to 3pm for a fun-filled day including:

  • Story Corner – join us as our storytellers bring stories from the book to life!
  • Take & Make – pick up your FREE craft bag to take home and make your very own bookmark!
  • Photo opportunities – pose for a photo with characters from the book
  • Buy a book – Get your very own copy of Stockton Stories for just £2.50 and help us raise money for Bookmark, the reading charity. 

How the money raised from the sale of the book can help

  • £2.50 could give a Bookmark magazine to 5 children to inspire reading at home
  • £5 could give a Bookmark magazine to 10 children to inspire reading at home
  • £10 could gift a child with a one-to-one Bookmark reading session
  • £120 could gift a child with a six week Bookmark reading programme
  • £360 could support a child with a year of one-to-one Bookmark reading programmes to build their skills and confidence
  • £500 could help bring a new school into the Bookmark community
  • £1,000 could support eight children with a Bookmark programme – the number of children in an average class that leave primary school unable to read well

Who are Bookmark?

Bookmark is a literacy charity giving children the reading skills and confidence they need for a fair chance in life, through our flexible volunteer-led programme.  

Their volunteers deliver 1:1 reading programmes for children aged 5-8 who are falling behind, so that they can gain the necessary skills and confidence to succeed in school and beyond.  Volunteers book fun, flexible 30-minute reading sessions twice a week through the Bookmark app.

They provide much needed online reading support to children in schools across the UK, and with it being reported that one in four children had no schooling or tutoring at all during lockdown, there has never been a more crucial time to support children’s literacy and education.

Bookmark Mission

At Bookmark, we want every child to read, and our work has never been more important. Even prior to school closures, eight children in an average class would leave primary school unable to read well and, during lockdown, 380,000 children were at home without a single book.

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