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School Staff Take Part in Half Marathon to Support Literacy Drive

Dave Gooderham Published: 01 February 2024

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Staff at a Wymondham school are putting their best feet forward to help raise money for new class libraries.

The Robert Kett Primary School is entering a team in next month’s Marriott’s Way Trail half marathon to further enhance literacy opportunities for their pupils.

For many of the dozen staff preparing to take part, it will be their first experience of running at distance.

But deputy headteacher Janine Salter, who has led the fundraising effort alongside Lianne Rees, phase leader for Year 3 and 4, said the thought of raising thousands of pounds for their school will spur them on.

She explained: “We have always wanted a library at Robert Kett, but due to the relocation of classes across the school, we have been considering alternative spaces filled with amazing books.

“We thought individual class libraries was the next best thing and so we have started raising money for those additional rich texts that will enhance our reading experience even more.

“While most of us are not experienced runners, we have all started training hard – which included Christmas Day runs and a group festive jog over the holidays.

“We are looking forward to the event and we would like to thank everyone who has supported us, and donated money to the cause, so far.”

The team, self-titled ‘I’d Rather Be Reading’, is a mix of staff members from across the school who will be running or walking the distance on Sunday 11th February.

To sponsor the team, please visit their Just Giving Page.

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