At Ark Acton, we believe our children should have access to the best opportunities to fulfil their potential. The more resources the community can provide our children, the better chance they will have to fulfil their potential, so that means raising funding for things that public funding will not cover.

Our fundraising priority this year is to raise money for a suite of new library books to improve student literacy levels.

Literacy skills are vital to communicate effectively and make sense of the world; enabling students to successfully navigate through school life and achieve success. School libraries play a vital part in teachers’ efforts to improve student literacy and increase student enjoyment in reading by providing access to appropriate books and helping students develop structured reading habits. School libraries need to provide access to books that match students’ interests and is at an appropriate level for their reading ability. Without an effective school library, students can fall behind in literacy levels which significantly impacts their wider studies and life opportunities.

Our fundraising target is £10,000 to invest in the school library. This funding will be used to purchase new library books and provide stocks that are relevant for all pupils, including:

  • Fiction - award winning novels such as the Carnegie medal winners which keep the library alive and entice students to the library.
  • Diversity – we want to ensure that our library stocks a range of genres and authors that span the full spectre of the human experience. It is important to us that our library not only echoes the experiences and viewpoints of our community but allows us all to experience and reflect on multiple perspectives and experiences. Thus helping to expose us to the full range of human emotions and viewpoints.
  • LGBT - fiction and self-help guides for those seeking advice and guidance.
  • Graphic novels - these are great for reluctant readers as the pictures support and encourage the reader. We would like to get the very popular Japanese Manga books, including some new and exciting titles like 'My Hero Academia'.
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