A Colchester resident has started a project to provide disadvantaged families with books this Christmas. Lee Scordis, also a local councillor, came up with the Keep Colchester Reading project, which is now up and running.

 

Keep Colchester ReadingLee Scordis said “After helping with the delivery of food to free school meal families over half-term, It came into my head that this Christmas there was another area of inequality that was neglected; literacy. All the studies show that children who grow up in a home full of books and learn to read early-on and continue to read will severely outperform those children who do not, at school and in later life. Reading improves communication skills, cognitive abilities, and speech, which in turn increases a child’s confidence. It is also proven to increase empathy. in adults reading is known to improve communication skills, knowledge and to reduce stress.”

 

“Within a matter of weeks, we now have volunteers signed up and a stock of over 2000 books that will all go to families that would have previously gone without. I want to thank all those in Colchester who have been so generous in their donations. We’re currently in contact with various schools across the town and hoping to get other partner organisations on board.”

 

The project aims to not only provide books to children but also adults.

 

“Adults play the biggest factor in a child’s behaviour. If on Christmas Day parents put down their tablets and mobile phones and encourage family reading time it would have a huge impact that would benefit parents and children. The project is also open to adults who are not parents. There are many people out there struggling financially and mentally in lockdown.”

 

To get involved, you can contact Lee Scordis at leescordis@aol.com, on 07947541573 or via Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/KeepColchesterReading

1 Comment

  1. Peter James Mackenzie on 30th November 2020 at 1:19 pm

    Well done, Lee.
    I have a couple of bags of new books which could be given away. Where do I take them? Or could they be collected?
    If your scheme continues beyond Christmas/Covid I could supply many more. I’m all in favour of promoting reading.
    Best wishes and continued success,
    Peter Mackenzie.

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