8th March 2019 — Students at Newcastle’s leading independent school, Royal Grammar School (RGS), have held a major book collection all week as part of its World Book Day activities.
To celebrate World Book Day 2019, students, their parents and staff at the school were asked to donate any unwanted books, from much-loved children’s books to adult’s books, fiction and non-fiction, to create a giant book tree within the school reception. With so many books donated, the book tree multiplied to become a book forest.
Following the completion of the book collection, RGS will donate all the books collected to local state primary schools and charity, Borderline Books.
The local state primary schools that will benefit from the children’s books are those that RGS Sixth Form students regularly visit as part of their voluntary service. Students visit these schools every week, volunteering 5000 hours per year to deliver reading sessions to some of their youngest students.
Borderline Books is a Gateshead-based charity who will take all the adults’ books and distribute these to a number of local community groups that they work with, including women’s refuges and old people’s homes.
John Fern, Headmaster of RGS, said: “I am incredibly proud of the efforts our students, their families and staff have made by donating such a large amount of books. I’m sure those that will benefit from these donations will be very thankful for our support.”
The book collection is just one of the many philanthropic activities regularly taking place at RGS; one of the many ways the RGS gives back to the local community.