West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper visited Westhead Lathom St James School to formally open their new outdoor reading area.
Headteacher Mrs Albion and Busy Bees teacher Mrs Cusick welcomed MP Rosie to the school along with 23 representatives of the student council to show Rosie the new story-teller chair installed in the orchard in the school field.
Rosie spoke with the children about the importance of reading and her own love of books, and met the chair’s workmen Bernard and Frank.
West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper said:
“It was a delight to visit Lathom St James again to see the progress they continue to make, now adding their new outdoor reading area to their range of out of classroom and extra curricular provision.
“My love for reading is built on recognising its importance in people’s learning and creating opportunities for them to be the best they can be in life.
“The work of Mrs Cusick, Mrs Albion and the School Council to fundraise for and provide an alternative reading and learning environment which helps to increase the children’s enjoyment of reading is fantastic.”
Headteacher Mrs Alison Albion said:
“The new story-teller chair has been skilfully made with love by carpenters and carvers Frank Lloyd and Bernard Blackburn. The acrylic inlay shows the school’s motto, ‘Enjoy, Respect, Learn, Achieve’. Funds were raised by the hard-working School Council with the help of Mrs Cusick, the School Council leader.”
The keen readers of Westhead School are thrilled with their new story-teller chair adding:
“We can read stories to each other at lunch-times now. We’ve got a shed of books but we can make up our own stories too and pretend to be the teacher!”