Children in Leeds are definitely on the right page thanks to a Yorkshire Evening Post-backed reading programme.
The YEP has joined forces with CMC International and The NEWS Foundation to set up a schools project called The Reading Passport.
Youngsters on the scheme each receive a Reading Passport – a pocket-sized booklet containing a range of educational activities – as well as copies of the YEP.
And kids at one of the participating schools, Alwoodley Primary, have wasted no time in giving the project a thumbs-up.
One pupil said: “Reading the newspapers has increased my knowledge and helped me to be more responsible.” Another child called the work “fun and interesting”.
Praise for the scheme also came from Caroline Pattenden, assistant head at Alwoodley. She said: “The Yorkshire Evening Post reading scheme has enthused, motivated and engaged all the children in Year 6.
“It has broadened their literary experience allowing them to read a wider range of texts.
“The children have seen newspapers as a key part of understanding the world around them and every week have been excited for the next batch of newspapers to arrive.
“It has helped to provide a context for children to read for a purpose whilst learning about the events in the local community.”
As previously reported by the YEP, the Reading Passport is also being backed by Leeds City Council.
Coun Lucinda Yeadon, the council’s deputy leader and executive member for children and families, said: “Leeds is pleased to support the Yorkshire Evening Post with this reading project, and we feel that it can only enhance the development of young readers.
“We all know that reading role models are important to children, and none more so than their parents.
“The innovative activities and interesting questions posed by this project will allow the whole family to read together, share stories, and discuss the news that is centred in and around our community here in Leeds.
“Time spent reading is never wasted, and we feel that this is an exciting way to engage our children in a lifelong love of the written word.”