NEWS: Pupils embark on literary voyage of discovery thanks to ‘Book Barge’ project

Pupils at a Northamptonshire school are embarking a literary voyage of discovery following the creation of an innovative reading space created from an upcycled barge, thanks to funding from the One Stop ‘Carriers for Causes’ programme.

Weedon Bec Primary School received £15,000 for their ‘Book Barge’ project that has turned a disused barge into a quirky reading nook to help inspire and encourage pupils to get reading as well as providing a much needed additional space for the school to store their books.

The ‘Book Barge’ has enabled the school to expand on their library and create a space outside the classroom for pupils to enjoy as well as providing a calm and cosy environment, away from the hustle and bustle of school for when children need quiet time.

Antony Witheyman, Executive Head Teacher, said:

Our Book Barge is complete and inspiring our children to set off on voyages of discovery among the books. It provides a unique space for our school library which reflects the canal heritage of our community on the Grand Union Canal. We look forward to sharing it with many generations of village children.

The project was a Carries for Causes flagship project that enabled the school to receive additional funding to help make their project a success. Groundwork is working as grant administrator for the funds.

Liz Fox, Head of Store Support at One Stop, said:

One Stop are delighted to have been involved in bringing this unique idea to life, via our Carriers for Causes fund. We hope the Book Barge proves popular over the coming years and benefits many young people from the local community

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