May 16, 2019
“If you’re not a fan of reading, you just haven’t found the right book yet”
Those were the wise words of Richard Drake, when he helped Frederick Nattrass Primary Academy, sponsored by Northern Education Trust, to launch their own book shop last week. The school were proud to welcome Richard, from Drake the Bookshop, to help launch the initiative by the Principal Emma Roffe and the School Council, with the aim of instilling a life-long love of reading amongst the children, and provide easy access to buying reasonably priced books.
Children on the School Council visited Drake The Bookshop in Stockton to see how a high street book shop runs, as the students will be running the bookshop themselves as an enterprise initiative. Richard explained to the children about the different types of books they sell, with a special emphasis being on books by local authors. The children all picked a brand new book that will be stocked in the school library, many written by local authors, and Richard added others of his own choice to their haul, which he very kindly donated.
Drake The Bookshop was the regional winner of the 2018 Independent Bookshop of the Year competition, and the school were very excited to welcome Richard to their school, and listen to him talking so enthusiastically about his love of reading, when the bookshop was launched on Friday 10 May 2019.
Richard told the children: “reading a book you like for just 20 minutes a day can make you smarter, happier and more successful. You can go to so many different places from your sofa, just by reading. And if you’re not a fan of reading at the moment, you just haven’t found the right book yet.”
The Parent Teacher Association (PTA) at the academy, led by Helen Deehan, has supported the School Council by providing the initial funds to start the book shop, which will then be self-funding based on selling books at £1. The PTA have also printed their own book vouchers and bookmarks as a special touch.
Emma Roffe, Principal said “the bookshop will be a wonderful addition to the school, improving the accessibility of buying books, and enhancing the aspirational reading of our students. We’re very grateful to the PTA for supporting this venture. I’d also like to thank Richard enormously for welcoming the children to his shop, sharing his energy and enthusiasm for reading today, and donating the books to our shop. If this helps just one child to read more, it’s worth it.”