31 Jul 2017
Grant money from Tesco Bags of Help boosts reading for school children aboard their 'book bus'.
We wanted to give children more things to do at lunchtime, especially those not into the usual playground games. Some teachers had the idea of a ‘Quiet Zone’ for reading but that wouldn’t be great on rainy days. We decided we needed an area that was both inside and outside. The answer came in the shape of a double decker bus, paid-for by Tesco’s Bags of Help.
5p Bag Levy Supporting Communities
The 5p from Tesco single use carrier bags goes to support charity and community projects in the local area. We applied and got a grant to create our 'book bus'.
The grant money we received through Tesco's Bags of Help allowed us to buy a bus and the materials needed to refurbish it. The bus is parked on an area of the playground. Parents and staff volunteered to work on the major makeover. The bus would no longer transport people to places; instead it would transport children to imaginary worlds. The seats were removed and shelves lined the walls, thanks to donations of wood and materials. Parents made beanbags, seating and bright murals were painted inside.
Our Book Bus
Now at playtime, children can visit the bus and sample the books. The bus is a popular corner of the playground, allowing children to enjoy a break from the usual classroom environment. There’s a ‘friendship corner’ where children feeling lonely can sit and find a friend. The bus is also used a lot for various clubs and activities.
It comes into its own at playtime. Some children don’t always want to run around and play games, they’d prefer to sit quietly and read. It’s a real community spot for the children. During breaks, it has become a place to play and be creative.
Tesco Bags of Help
The Bags of Help funding was essential in getting the project off the ground. We wouldn’t have been able to do it without Tesco. The project helps children with their learning, but the biggest benefit has been in their social development. The bus allows our children to use their imagination in playing together. They get absorbed in it; it’s really lovely to see!
It's easy to apply for grants from Tesco bags of help. Tesco has so far given away £30 million to help charities and community groups with their projects. Learn more: tesco.com/carrier-bags