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Drove School Educational Project

Swindon Soroptimists has adopted Drove School in Swindon as its main educational project.

Since 2015 the club have donated large consignments of books each year on International Literacy Day or, more recently on World Book Day in March.

The children love the books we donate and their teachers appreciate the resources enabling them to provide books to be borrowed by the children.  Each class has a crate of books for children to select themselves to take home on an exchange basis.  The school caters for a very diverse group of children, many of whom cannot speak or read English when they join the school.

President Valerie Nuttall on an early visit to Drove School.
Many of the children have met club members again in later years!

Each year club members present the books at a special Assembly.  The children have delighted us with entertainment, ranging from a Pirate song and dance to reading aloud to ‘We’re Going On A Bear Hunt” with Deputy Principal Bryony Bardwell.

As Bryony says “The children look forward to the Swindon Soroptimists coming into school each year as they are excited to see which new books they will have to read”.

On World book day in March 2020, our 6th year, we gave a record 286 books, as we had been well supported by friends and especially Marlborough and Swindon Ladies Who Latte business women’s groups. President Valerie, members Jackie Webb & Lydia Cardew attended with the children delighting us with their story book character costumes.

Principal Helen Swanson said “Thank you so much for these books.  Reading is so high profile due to the different languages at the school and makes such a difference to the children’s education and their futures”.

Ast. Principal Bryony Bardwell welcomed us again, commenting “We’ve developed our reading corners over the last few years and we now want to expand the accessibility of books and encourage that love of reading across the Drove community both in and out of school”.

Members Jackie, Valerie and Lydia with Bryony and the children 2020

Members Lydia and Valerie September 2018