Western Isles pupils urged to story swap

School pupils across the Western Isles are being urged to sign up for the ScottishPower Story Swap Shop.

The deadline for entries is Friday 13th May and organisers are keen that youngsters don’t follow the example of the white rabbit in Alice in Wonderland who is infamous for being “late for a very important date”.

Now in its third year, the ScottishPower Story Swap Shop enables students to swap books with classmates in exchange for a 50p donation to charity.

This year the initiative - run by ScottishPower in partnership with the Edinburgh International Book Festival – will support Aberlour, a charity which helps over 6000 vulnerable children and young people in Scotland.

The schools who enter have the opportunity to win a visit from a leading children’s author who will be participating in this year’s Edinburgh International Book Festival. The winning schools over the past two years have had the chance to meet Andy Stanton and John Fardell and hear more about their books.

The award-winning initiative from ScottishPower not only aims to encourage primary school students to read more, but also to raise environmental awareness by encouraging them to recycle old books.

Heather McDonald ScottishPower Group Sponsorships Manager said: “The Story Swap Shop helps bring an element of fun to reading and also encourages children to switch off their computers and televisions to save energy.

“It’s a great way for pupils to learn and contribute to their local community. By swapping a book with one of their classmates, the students can help a young person in need, allowing them to feel that they can make a difference. It gives reading a greater purpose.”

Sadie McKinlay, Sponsorship and Development Manager at the Edinburgh International Book Festival said, “The initiative is a fantastic opportunity for primary school pupils to be able to help others whilst also encouraging them to read.”

Participation in the Swap Shop means students can improve literacy while supporting their local community through benevolent swapping. So don’t’ be late, for a very important date! Register by Friday May, 13th for the ScottishPower Story Swap Shop to participate and enter for your chance to win.

To register your school to take part in the ScottishPower Story Swap Shop please contact Susanne Grant at the BIG Partnership on 0141 333 9585 susanne.grant@bigpartnership.co.uk.