Parents boost library at Summercroft Primary School in Bishop's Stortford
Pupils at Bishop's Stortford's Summercroft Primary School have a library bulging with new books, thanks to an Advent-style fundraiser.
The parent-teacher association stepped in to help when deputy head Emily Richardson told families the Plaw Hatch Close school's current collection was outdated.
With their usual fundraising events curtailed by Covid-19, the PTA used its Facebook page to post a book a day over 33 days and ask parents to donate its cost. There was a range of prices to suit different budgets. Each book will carry the name of its benefactor.
Both the PTA and the school agreed to match each book purchase, and hopes were high that they could enjoy 99 new volumes by Christmas. However, the initiative was such a success that last week children and staff took delivery of 136 books.
Stephanie Ricciardi, a PTA spokeswoman, said: "A real focus for this fundraiser was also to support a small business struggling during this pandemic and we chose to use independent bookseller Bookwagon [of Watford]. They're a lovely couple, Bronnie and Bob Mayho, who go above and above for their customers.
"They've been so grateful that we didn't choose the easier and sometimes cheaper option and order all the books through Amazon."