Nottingham College partnered with Nottingham Contemporary and Literacy Champs to host an event promoting literacy among children in Nottingham. Through a social action project, Year 1 school students were read to and participated in arts and crafts activities with Early Year and Education Level 2 students from Nottingham College.
Students from Nottingham College worked with Nottingham Contemporary to design the creative space, including the videos and lights used and most importantly, were able to put their course skills into action at the event. Lynne, from Literacy Champs, provided lots of books that students could use and take away with them.
Hannah Richardson, a lecturer at Nottingham College, said, “The literacy rate in Nottingham is quite low, so the project aims to promote literacy and encourage children to read. Additionally, the Dolly Parton Foundation is involved, and the students raised £100 for the foundation which provided free books for children aged 0 – 4 years old.”
Daniel Rawling, the organiser from Nottingham College, said “We are engaging with the community and linking back to our students’ studies by allowing them to work with children. I also think it’s really important that we’re able to engage students in something like the Nottingham Contemporary. Giving the students the opportunity to plan it gives them a desire to come back at a later date.”
Through this project, Nottingham College, Nottingham Contemporary and Literacy Champs worked together to have a positive impact on literacy in the community and encouraged children to develop a love for reading.
The event was a huge success and was an excellent opportunity for the children to learn new things, be creative and have fun while doing so.