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Reading is highlight of the week for Holloway pupils

20:08 29 November 2012

Paula Andrews (left) and Linda Coopersmith (second right),  from Aquaterra Leisure, reading with children (left to right) Abdullahi Musa, Olivia Merson, Ahmed Mahamoud and Kyle Hutchinson at Montem Primary School.

Paula Andrews (left) and Linda Coopersmith (second right), from Aquaterra Leisure, reading with children (left to right) Abdullahi Musa, Olivia Merson, Ahmed Mahamoud and Kyle Hutchinson at Montem Primary School.

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Volunteers are encouraging children to love books by giving them one-on-one reading sessions.

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Five members of staff from Aquaterra Leisure, the not-for-profit organisation that manages Islington’s public swimming pools and sports facilities, are going into Montem Primary School, Hornsey Road, Holloway – where they read with five Year 4 children.

Nicholas Tait, headteacher at Montem, said: “The children absolutely love reading with the volunteers. It’s a highlight of their week.”

Antony Kildare, chief executive of Aquaterra Leisure, which started the scheme in September, added that he was “extremely proud” that Aquaterra was the “first business organisation in Islington to have launched such a scheme”.

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