Airport workers visit local schools to tell tales on the runways for World Book Day


Volunteers from Manchester Airport are visiting nearby schools in Wythenshawe this week to encourage children to read books and develop reading skills at an early age – so they can secure their dream job working at the airport.

Around 50 colleagues from different parts of the airport – including the airfield, terminals, offices and WHSmith shops – are visiting five local schools, which is part of the World Book Day initiative.

Pupils at Ringway Primary School; Crossacres Primary School; Newall Green Primary School; Haveley Hey Primary School; and Piper Hill Specialist Support School will hear what it’s like to work with aeroplanes at the airport – and how important literacy is in the workplace, regardless of which job they want to do.

The airport members of staff will then read their chosen book to the classes, followed by a chat about the story – along with a question and answer session, where they can find out why it’s important to be able read if they want to be able to fly, park, fix or even clean a jumbo jet when they are older.

Retailer WHSmith, which has shops in all three airport terminals, is supporting the initiative with a donation of new reading books for the volunteers to read to every class at each school. It is also donating WHSmith vouchers to help boost the library resources in all five of the participating Wythenshawe schools.

WHSmith will also distribute 1 book tokens to all of the primary school children, which they can exchange in selected book seller's stores for one of the 10 exclusive 1 World Book Day books.

Paula Sawyer, from Manchester Airport’s Community Relations team, said: “Whether that’s being able to read boarding cards and passports, or even how to park a plane, reading is an absolutely essential skill – so as part of World Book Day we wanted to tell primary school children what working here is like and highlight the importance of reading as part of any job they might want to do in the future.

“Located on their doorstep, lots of local children aspire to work at the airport, both in the terminals or on the planes that fly from here, so it’s a fantastic opportunity to bring that to life for them through the airport staff who have volunteered – and the kind donation of books and vouchers by WHSmith will also go some way to boosting opportunities to read in schools.”

World Book Day 2014 is on Thursday 6th March. Now in its 16th year, the global initiative takes place in more than 100 countries worldwide, celebrating books, authors and illustrators – and aims encourage children develop an interest in books to boost reading skills, from an early age.


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Published on: 06/03/2014 17:04:23