Friday, 16 May 2008

Men reading books

At the relaunch of Air Balloon's after school club today, I saw on the wall a photo-montage of men sitting reading with children; I was quite struck by the photos, some of which were quite touching, showing what were obviously quite tough, working-class men engrossed in children's story books with young pupils. Turns out that the headmaster had had the bright idea of inviting fathers, grandfathers and other male relatives into the school to encourage boys to read more. More than 100 men turned up which is really impressive. I think it's something which ought to be replicated in schools across Bristol.

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