We, at CPI, are proud to announce the funding of a book vending machine for Bradfields Academy, Fortis Trust. This effort is aligned with our core values and commitment to making a positive impact in the community.
The importance of children having access to books cannot be overstated. “At CPI, we believe that every child should have the opportunity to read and explore the world of literature. Reading is a skill that forms the basis of a child’s education, and it is essential that children are given every opportunity to read and develop their literacy skills.” – Steve Daniels, CPI UK Marketing Manager
According to research, reading for just ten minutes a day can have a significant impact on a child’s academic performance and future success (OECD, Reading for Change article). This is why CPI is delighted to fund a book vending machine for Bradfields Academy. As a company, CPI is committed to making a positive impact in our local communities. We believe we have a responsibility to give back and we are committed to doing so through a range of initiatives. The vending machine will provide students with access to a range of books, including easy-read options, ensuring that all students can access reading materials that suit their needs.
We support their idea that the vending machine will work on a token system, with pupils receiving tokens for effort and engagement in their English lessons. This incentivises engagement in lessons and encourages pupils to engage with the machine and choose books that interest them. We believe that this initiative will not only promote reading but also foster a love for books that will hopefully stay with the pupils for the rest of their lives.
Sherie McCormick, English Teacher at Bradfields Academy said:
“At Bradfields Academy and across Fortis Trust, we strongly believe in the power of reading, and it must be accessible for all. It is the foundation of education and a great leveller that fosters cultural, social and emotional growth. Reading helps to improve concentration, expand vocabulary, inspire creativity and spark imagination. It also helps our pupils to improve their self-esteem.
As educators, we know that the more a child is read to in their formative years, the more likely they are to read for pleasure themselves. And the more a child reads for pleasure, the more likely they are to achieve academically as well as helping to develop their social and emotional skills.
In addition to all of our current reading schemes and strategies, one of our key priorities was to ensure every pupil across the academy had access to a range of high-quality and diverse texts at school and at home. Through recent surveys, we discovered that over 31% of our pupils did not have access to books at home. Thanks to the support of CPI and the Co-op we have been able to offer every pupil the chance to own a book that really ignites their interest.
At Bradfields Academy, we encourage and reward effort and engagement as much as attainment. Pupils that show special effort and engagement are celebrated in our weekly school achievement assemblies and will now be given the opportunity of selecting a book from the vending machine. This reward scheme has been extended throughout our English department which means every pupil has the opportunity to take home a book of their choice.”
As a company, CPI is committed to making a positive impact on the local. We recognise that we have a responsibility to give back to the communities that support us, and we are committed to doing so through a range of initiatives. Funding a book vending machine for Bradfields Academy is just one example of our commitment to this cause. The vending machine is due to go live on 5th May 2023 and we look forward to seeing the impact it has.