Kumon UK Summer Festival of Reading launches today!

1 July, 2014

We have partnered with the National Literacy Trust to spread our love of reading throughout the UK

We have partnered with the National Literacy Trust to spread our love of reading throughout the UK

To celebrate the many joys of reading, we are hosting a two month Summer Festival of Reading throughout July and August 2014.

Throughout the festival, Kumon students will be encouraged to take part in a Spectacular Sponsored Summer Read with the aim of raising funds for our UK Corporate Social Responsibility Partner, the National Literacy Trust. The sponsored read will encourage our students to read daily over the summer and will also provide them with an independent target to work towards, building their love of reading.

Additionally Kumon Instructors across the country will be holding reading events in their local community, providing an opportunity for families and children of all ages to come together and read magical tales, share favourite stories and dedicate time to enjoying the wealth of benefits that come from reading a book.

Natalie Bailey, Brand Relationship Manager for Kumon UK says: “We’re incredibly excited about the Summer Festival of Reading. Many Kumon students across the UK are already busy considering the books they would like to read for the Spectacular Sponsored Summer Read; this is a great opportunity to encourage children to read daily over the summer, to help nurture a life-long habit of reading and, of course, to raise funds for a charity that is so aligned with our values.”

At Kumon, we believe reading skills are vital for children’s development. Lorna Taylor, Corporate Partnerships Manager for the National Literacy Trust confirms this, saying: “Research shows that reading for enjoyment is incredibly important for a child to develop good literacy skills. Parents are incredibly important role models in encouraging their child’s literacy, both when reading with their child and for their child to see them enjoying reading themselves.

“Taking part in the Spectacular Sponsored Summer Read is a great, fun way for children to keep their reading levels up over the summer whilst raising money to help the National Literacy Trust work with disadvantaged children and young people across the UK who struggle with their literacy.”

Other activities happening during the festival include book giveaways, which will be held on the Kumon UK Facebook page, giving our online community the opportunity to win books from the Kumon Recommended Reading List, and we have sponsored a Mary Poppins themed book bench where the National Literacy Trust will be bringing a public art event with a difference to the streets of London in summer 2014. More information and a video of our book bench will be provided in a blog article soon!

To find out more about the Kumon English Programme, visit kumon.co.uk/English.