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Volunteer Pupils collect thousands of books for Primary School

Thursday, 29 April 2021

Last year, Year 9 pupils Sam and Ed, signed up for the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award. Given the amount of unfortunate underfunding in many schools which leads to essential facilities, like libraries, being cut, the pupils thought that this would be an interesting and useful project for their volunteering section of the award.

They undertook the task of sourcing books, through donations, to establish a library for the City of London Primary Academy Islington (COLPAI). What began with them hoping for one or two hundred books, ended up with them collecting thousands of books for the school, as well as over £3,000 (through a JustGiving page), to fund gaps in essential literature and furniture for the library.  

The pupils have even devised a cataloguing system for the books by age, using various labels and coloured stars, and will begin to move the books into the final location of the new COLPAI site. 

This project has been incredibly rewarding, and we both look forward to seeing the impact the library has, and the children of the school enjoying both fiction and non-fiction that this new facility has to offer. 

What began with them hoping for one or two hundred books, ended up with them collecting thousands of books for the school.
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