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262 books donated for World Book Day 2023 to Drove School

Swindon Soroptimists Celebrate World Book Day

Club Secretary Jackie stands at the side of a table filled with books
Club Secretary Jackie Webb with some of this year’s donations

Swindon Soroptimists joined the children at Drove Primary School, Swindon, face to face at last, at their World Book Day assemblies.  We donated a huge 262 books, filling an enormous table at the front of the hall, amazing the children as they filed in.

Staff at the school dressed in ‘Where’s Wally’ theme outfits, joining the array of colourful character costumes of the children and members Lydia, Jackie and Corrine joined in the fun at two assemblies, where the children had to identify the voices of teachers in a ‘Masked Reader’ competition.  Principal Bryony Bardwell received the biggest cheer from the children, after reading from ‘Aliens Love Underpants’!

A long table, covered in books
World Book Day donations with member Corrine Daycock

English teacher Abby Picton led the assemblies and introduced us, with Lydia explaining who we were and the children delightedly thanking them for the books.  Swindon Club are grateful for all the books donated by members, friends and relatives: both good quality second hand books and new books obtained cheaply in bulk.

Abby thanked the Soroptimists profusely, commenting “Many of the children have few books at home, so having the chance to take them home encourages the love of reading”.   After the assemblies we were delighted to meet a select group of children and take photos, along with teacher Sinead in character, before the children returned to classes for more World Book Day activities!

Principal Bryony thanked the Soroptimists again, stating, “We are so grateful for your annual donations.  It makes a big difference to be able to expose the children to such a wide variety of books, as this aids learning as well as a lifelong hobby”.

Children from Drove Primary School gathered with members of Swindon Soroptimists
Members Corrine, Jackie and Lydia meet pupils at Drove Primary School