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Get Medway Learning project helping over 200 children

PUBLISHED: 17:01 01 February 2016 | UPDATED: 17:01 01 February 2016

Beanstalk literacy charity

Beanstalk literacy charity

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The Beanstalk charity is appealing for more volunteers to help children with their reading

An educational partnership between Medway council and the Beanstalk charity is underway and helping over 200 children.

Since the Get Medway Learning project was launched at the end of last year, a total of 70 trained reading helpers are now working in schools to help bring the joy of reading to young students.

Each of these trained reading helpers is placed in a local school and holds one-to-one sessions with three students that are either falling behind with their reading or are disinterested in reading.

Lots of time is spent chatting and playing games, with the goal of raising confidence in reading and finding the joy in it.

Many of the children that Beanstalk help come from disadvantaged backgrounds and do not have anyone to read with them at home.

Furthermore, with 30 students in a classroom, it is often very difficult to give significant one-to-one time with a student but the project has helped build the confidence of hundreds of children already.

One helper, Kathy Low, said: “One of my children, a delightful little boy called Alfie, jumped up with a big smile on his face and said ‘oh good, I love coming with you’ when I went to collect him from his class.

“That particular day, he really did extremely well and I was able to reward him with a marble in his jar in class.”

More help is still needed and Beanstalk are calling for more people to come forward and volunteer, particularly in the Chatham and Strood areas.

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