Youngsters from a Cramlington school have joined the centre for children’s books Seven Stories in a project to promote reading and literacy.
The Year 7 and 8 pupils at Cramlington Learning Village have been tasked with organising and running a second-hand bookshop for three days in the Manor Walks shopping centre in order to raise money for charity.
As part of their project-based learning, aimed at giving the pupils ‘real-world’ experience as well as challenging them academically, the budding entrepreneurs have had to sort through hundreds of donated books, organising them into genres and pricing them.
They also created a welcoming bookshop environment and had to prepare marketing and layout plans to make best use of the space.
Literacy co-ordinator Jane Arthur said: “We wanted the children to work on something that engaged them in promoting reading and book ownership, not just among other pupils but also in their local community.
“This project will help them do just that.”
Steve Robinson, commercial manager at Seven Stories, added: “I gave them some basic tips about the logistics of running a shop – unitry, displays, bags, a float, that sort of thing – but they came armed with their own ideas and loads of questions.
“It was obvious that they’d given it a lot of thought already. I was very impressed.”
Money from the sales of the books will go to the Seven Stories charity.