Dyke House Academy uses books to connect the old to the young during the coronavirus crisis

April 17, 2020

Outcomes Focused, Child Centred
Northern Education Trust

Dyke House Academy uses books to connect the old to the young during the coronavirus crisis

Outcomes Focused, Child Centred
Northern Education Trust

April 17, 2020, 11:01 am

Dyke House Academy uses books to connect the old to the young during the coronavirus crisis

Northern Education Trust Dyke House Academy is looking to support the elderly during the coronavirus pandemic by inviting them to take part in a reading programme.  The academy is encouraging care homes to take part in its Reading Routes initiative, where residents are being asked to choose one of the Routes, with each one being a genre comprising five books.

Dyke House Academy is hoping care homes will take advantage of the offer and provide feedback on the stories they have read to students also taking part.  The first books were delivered to Seaton Carew’s Seaton Hall Care Home just in time for Easter weekend.

Adam Palmer, Principal, said: “During these unprecedented times there are vulnerable people in care homes who won’t see anyone during this difficult period.  There are grandparents of children or staff we have who will not be able to see their families, so we are going to try to interact with them in a way that maintains the communication with them.  We want to send books from our Reading Routes in boxes to them. Every Route is on a map of Teesside and County Durham that we have created, that resembles a Tube Map. The Routes all include a different genre of book, be it comedy, adventure, explorer, crime and sport, among others.  Every stop on that particular Route has a different book.  We want to send the books to care homes in our local area and we want them to read and let us know what they think.”

Care homes interested* in taking part are assured that Academy staff will take all appropriate precautions when packing the books up.  There will also be a note in the box highlighting guidelines to ensure the necessary precautions are taken to avoid spreading any germs.

Mr Palmer said: “There is a sense of responsibility from the Academy to help people in the community through this difficult period.  Some people in care homes might feel very isolated at the moment.  It is important that we all find a way to interact with those most vulnerable.”

Mrs Samantha Stewart, Assistant Principal, is coordinating the initiative.  She said: “Our students have really enjoyed reading these exceptional books and I hope the residents enjoy them too.”

* Care homes across Hartlepool who are keen to get involved should contact: [email protected]

Dyke House Academy is a member of the Northern Education Trust.
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