Why campaign on reading is so vital

Beanstalk volunteer reading helper Jan Chackfield with Croyland Primary School pupil Joshua Johnson, six

Beanstalk volunteer reading helper Jan Chackfield with Croyland Primary School pupil Joshua Johnson, six

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You’ve picked up our newspaper and you’re taking a look.

Perhaps you have seen our story about local rubbish-strewn areas and thought something should be done about that.

Maybe you’ve found out that someone you know took part in a charity event.

You may have seen an advertisement for a local business whose services you need.

You have even taken a glance at this opinion column to see whether you agree with me or not.

You’re using the most wonderful skill of being able to read. Probably without thinking twice about it.

And as communication develops we’re using that skill in an ever wider variety of ways.

Keeping in touch with friends and family on Facebook, checking the latest on Twitter, finding anything from a job to a recipe online.

Imagine then how excluding it is if you are not able to read, or to read well and confidently.

That is why we at the Northants Telegraph are so pleased to launch our Get Northants Reading campaign today.

Recent figures suggest almost 1,300 11-year-olds in Northamptonshire left primary school having failed to reach the required standard in their reading tests.

Our campaign aims to help improve reading skills in the county and equip youngsters for a better future by encouraging more people to become reading volunteers in local schools.

Read our story and, if you can, become one of our volunteers.

Yvonne Martin, Deputy Editor

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