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 project organiser 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. Around 50 books were chosen for volunteers to create story recordings for the children to watch and read along with. For the older children, the volunteer is filmed reading the story so that the Windale pupils can recognise their storytellers.