Staff from the Airbus factory in Broughton have been giving up their free time to help children in our school to improve their literacy skills.
Airbus is supporting Business in the Community’s Right to Read Scheme which aims to improve primary school children’s literacy levels by partnering Foundation Phase and Key Stage Two pupils with Airbus volunteers for a one-to-one reading session each week.
Three volunteers from Broughton visit the school once a week for a couple of hours each and have helped numerous children with their reading.
Business in the Community representative, Jacqui Manley, says “Airbus provides fantastic support with the Right to Read scheme helping to improve local children’s reading age and confidence at the four primary schools they are engaged in.”
St Ethelwold’s Airbus volunteer Steve Jones said, ‘I think I get just as much enjoyment from this as the children! Seeing the amount of progress that they have made over the last few years has been brilliant – they’re a fantastic bunch.’
Airbus’ Community Relations Manager, Kath Hayes said: “We are proud to support our employees who want to make a positive difference. This helps to build the students literacy development, and encourages them to learn, improving their confidence, communication skills and attitude towards reading. It’s the third year we’ve been involved in this and the feedback from schools has been tremendous”.
The children greatly look forward to reading to the volunteers and it is an excellent partnership that the school has been developing over the last 3 years. We would like to thank Airbus and especially our three volunteers – Keith, Steve and Barry and we hope that the arrangement stays in place for a long time to come.