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Hundreds of primary school children will visit Serpentine Green this week as part of a £10,000 campaign funded by the shopping centre to boost children’s reading skills.

This is the second year that Serpentine Green and its joint owner British Land have funded the National Literacy Trust’s Young Readers programme in Peterborough. The programme aims to encourage reading by helping youngsters discover the joy of books.

Serpentine Green’s donation will help 270 pupils aged between eight and ten at Middleton Primary in South Bretton, Winyates Primary in Orton Goldhay and St John’s Church School in Riseholme.

The school children have been visiting the shopping centre  to take part in fun events and to get to choose the first of three books they get as part of the programme. They will attend a story telling session hosted by Vivacity, have a tour of  Tesco’s fruit and veg department, learn to make pizzas with Subs Xpress and WH Smith will test their knowledge of books with a children’s literary quiz.

As part of this year’s programme Serpentine Green has also hosted a public storytelling session run by Vivacity.

Jamie Bridson, Serpentine Green’s Operations Manager, who’s organised the activities for the children, said: “We are delighted to be sponsoring the Young Readers programme again.

“It is a really great scheme that helps children choose books at the right reading level and, just as importantly, books that really interest them. The feedback from teachers has been great so it looks like the scheme really helps children to get excited about books.”


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