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Our community champions help children celebrate World Book Day

By Asda Community Team

March 1, 2018 10:00am
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Our wonderful team of community champions have been dressing up as their favourite characters and visiting local schools and nurseries to celebrate World Book Day.

Larne WBD
Catherine reading stories at Kids Korner

Although snowy weather prevented many schools opening on the day itself, colleagues like Catherine McCallion from our Larne store (pictured above) have been visiting schools in the days leading up to it to read stories to youngsters.

Catherine made her World Book Day activity extra special, dressing up as Where's Wally? to read stories with Larne Community Care Centre's Kids Korner pre-school group.

Community champions set up activity stands in stores, and spoke to children and their parents about the importance of reading.

They also handed out activity sheets, stickers, bookmarks and badges supporting the 'Share a Story on World Book Day' campaign – which encourages people to enjoy reading together.

Many other colleagues also got into the spirit of things by dressing up in stores too.

Clare Virgo from Asda Weston was the Cat In The Hat
Clare as The Cat In The Hat

Our Weston-super-Mare store's community champion Clare Virgo didn't let Storm Emma spoil the fun, dressing up in store as the Cat In The Hat.

She said: "So many kids popped into the store this morning on their way back from schools that were shut. Many were all dressed up and were so chuffed to be greeted by 'The Cat in the Hat' and receiving their reading reward stickers. Fun was had meeting and chatting to them all."

Portadown World Book Day
Elaine reading to the children

Our Portadown store's community champion Elaine Livingstone hosted a fun storytelling session at Epworth Playgroup – and they all got dressed up for the occasion.

She read from books including ‘The Detective Dog’ by Julia Donaldson and ‘Five Minutes’ Peace’ by Jill Murphy.

Elaine said: "I was delighted to join the children at Epworth Playgroup for this special reading session. World Book Day is a celebration of reading, and I was thrilled to be able to play a role in helping to bring the books to life for the pupils."

Clayton Green WBD
Sharon with the Clayton Green group

Our Clayton Green store's community champion Sharon Neill went along to a local Beavers group to read stories and play games.

She said: "The children had a fantastic evening creating new characters for their favourite book. The World Book Day activity has really sparked their imaginations!"

Halifax WBD
Colleagues at Halifax

Colleagues at our Halifax store dressed up in a range of fab costumes.

Pilsworth WBD
Liam at Pilsworth

Liam, pictured above, popped in to our Pilsworth store to pick up a copy of his favourite book, 'The Midnight Gang' by David Walliams. Thanks to the store's community champion Jill Brady for the picture.

St Helens WBD
Gaynor reading to the children

Our St Helens store's community champion Gaynor Winstanley visited Holy Cross Nursery, and brought a story to life for the children.

Cookstown World Book Day final
Janice with pupil Alicia

Our Cookstown store's community champion Janice Gibson joined Gort Kids afterschool club, and they all had a great time dressing up and reading together.

Darlington WBD
Louise with her World Book Day stand

In Darlington our community champion Louise Gibson went for Harry Potter-themed fancy dress in store...

...and our Irvine store's community champion Emma Ryan looked the part too.

Irvine WBD
Emma at Irvine looking the part

Our Fareham store's community champion Sharon Noble spent the morning reading to pupils from Crofton Hammond Infant school and hearing about the inspiration for youngsters' outfits.

World Book Day at Crofton Hammond Infant School
Sharon with pupils from Crofton Hammond Infant School

Take a look at more photos from some of the activities our community champions have been involved in for World Book Day in this gallery:

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