Dragon volunteers are continuing to read stories to the children at Windale Primary School in Oxford thanks to the creation of an online Book Circle.
This community outreach initiative was set up several years ago, whereby Dragon community members volunteer to visit Windale once a week to read with children individually. Each volunteer is assigned to a class for a full year so a connection between the children and volunteer can be built. This individual attention really helps the boys and girls to develop their speech and language skills.
In the current lockdown, 12 Dragon community members have remained connected by recording themselves reading stories for the Windale children to enjoy in their own homes. Nicky, the programme co-ordinator and former Dragon parent, worked with the Dragon librarians at Prep and Pre-Prep to match stories to the primary school curriculum and Windale topics. 50 books were selected from which volunteers could choose their favourites; the result was 30 story recordings for Windale children to access in lockdown. Younger children have been able to watch and read along, while the older children listened to a range of short stories and adventures. Children could see photos of all of the volunteers and then choose the story read by someone they recognised. It was a wonderful way for the children to remain connected with the volunteers.