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AKINS AND HAWKINS VISIT RIVER VIEW PRIMARY SCHOOL

18 November 2021

A SECOND pair of Brewers players have visited a local primary school as a reward for their children's participation in World Book Day.

Key stage one pupils at River View Primary School got the chance to meet both Lucas Akins and Callum Hawkins, having the chance to have their questions answered and listen to the players read paragraphs from their favourite children’s books.

During the visit, both players also handed out awards to a number of children for their outstanding reading progression since working with Burton Albion Community Trust coaches.

World Book Day changes lives through a love of books and shared reading, with a mission to promote reading for pleasure, offering every child and young person the opportunity to have a book of their own. Reading for pleasure is the single biggest indicator of a child’s future success – more than their family circumstances, their parents’ educational background or their income.

Reading for pleasure is the single biggest indicator of a child’s future success – more than their family circumstances, their parents’ educational background or their income. We want to see more children, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds, with a life-long habit of reading for pleasure and the improved life chances this brings them.

Connor Richins, BACT Schools Coordinator, said: “The same as Connor (Shaughnessy) and Tom (O’Connor) last week, the players were brilliant!

“Both got really involved and were excellent at reading to the children.”

Mandy Whitehouse, River View Headteacher, said: "At River View we aim that all children leave here with a love of reading.

"We have worked with BACT on several reading projects that help to encourage boys to pick up a book.

"The World Book Day competition run by Burton Albion helped us to celebrate the event even though the children were at home, so to have Lucas and Callum here handing out the awards has been great."


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