Au­thor guest of hon­our at li­brary launch

CHAR­ITY: Foun­da­tion do­nates £10,000 for latest equip­ment

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - OPINION - by Mike Ben­nett

THE au­thor who won a BBC com­pe­ti­tion to find the next JK Rowl­ing will be guest of hon­our at The Calde­cott Foun­da­tion in Smeeth next Fri­day.

Louise Arnold will open the new school li­brary and spend the day work­ing with the chil­dren at the char­ity, which cares for young vic­tims of abuse.

Her visit to Calde­cott will be par­tic­u­larly rel­e­vant, as she has had to over­come her own per­sonal chal­lenge of dyslexia to be­come a highly-rated chil­dren’s au­thor.

Louise, who lives in Can­ter­bury fol­low­ing grad­u­a­tion from the Univer­sity of Kent, will help young­sters with their books, as well as read­ing from her own nov­els, be­fore open­ing the new li­brary, equipped at a cost of £10,000 thanks to Calde­cott sup­port­ers.

Head teacher Greg Le­vitt paid trib­ute to Calde­cott trustee Sue Soan, for­mer head of learn­ing sup­port at the school, and a na­tional author­ity on spe­cial needs ed­u­ca­tion, who in­vited Louise, and teacher Jo Ches­sum, one of the school’s two lit­er­acy co-or­di­na­tors who had the re­spon­si­bil­ity of cre­at­ing the li­brary.

The li­brary is the latest as­set for Calde­cott School, which was for­mally opened by the Duke of Ed­in­burgh in De­cem­ber.

Mr Le­vitt said: “Ex­pe­ri­ence shows that when you pro­vide learn­ing sup­port be­side the most im­por­tant room in the school – the li­brary, which ev­ery­one uses – pupils are much more pos­i­tive about un­der­tak­ing ex­tra read­ing.

“Sud­denly, it be­comes ‘cool’ to read”.

Au­thor Louise Arnold

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