PUPILS from Lochnell primary school received a £10,000 cheque from the Crerar Hotels Trust on behalf of the Scottish Book Trust (SBT).
The pupils have all benefited from the SBT’s shared reading programme, which aims to encourage adults and children to read, write and be inspired by books.
The donation follows previous funding by the Crerar Hotels Trust amounting to £62,625 since 2009.
Some of the hotels run by Crerar include the Oban Bay Hotel and the Isle of Mull Hotel and Spa. Chairman of the Crerar Hotels Trust, Paddy Crerar, said enabling people of all backgrounds, ages and abilities to see and fulfil their potential is a key priority for his trust.
He said: ‘Reading is key to a child’s learning and development, and enables them to grow in confidence. Above all, we want to see these children having fun and the huge smiles we’ve seen on their faces shows our donation is very worthwhile.’
Jasmine Fassl, head of the schools programme at the SBT, added: ‘We are hugely grateful to Crerar Hotels Trust for their generous donation.
‘Shared reading schemes have immeasurable benefits for pupils, teachers and the school, including improved reading attainment, increased confidence, improved interpersonal skills and a more cohesive school community.
‘Most importantly, the pupils who are involved in the schemes often develop an increased enjoyment of reading.’
Emma Lamont, schools outreach coordinator at Scottish Book Trust, receives the £10,000 cheque from David McGhie, general manager of the Oban Bay Hotel, with pupils, Ruth, Eva, Rory, Rosie and James, from Lochnell primary school.