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Caroline helps pupils at a school for deaf children celebrate World Book Day

March 9, 2018 01:22pm
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There were smiles all round when our Bristol Patchway store's community champion Caroline Cocklin helped pupils from Elmfield School for Deaf Children celebrate World Book Day.

Pupils and teachers dressed up as their favourite characters and read stories together before the children used their sign language skills to put on a performance based on their book characters.

Pupils from Elmfield School for Deaf Children enjoy World Book Day
Pupils enjoying the activity

Caroline is forming a close relationship with the school, which caters for deaf children aged from two to 16 and is one of the three good causes featuring in the store’s latest Green Token Giving customer vote.

Head teacher Babs Day said: "Caroline is doing a great job and it's good to have her and Asda on board. Any activity that is good for the children, gives them a learning experience, and excites them is great.

Pupil Haroun enjoys Elmfield School for Deaf Children's World Book Day activity
Pupil Haroun enjoys an activity

"It all went beautifully and everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves.

"Caroline was telling the children all about her role and Asda, and we're now hoping to arrange a store visit for them in the future which would be fantastic."

Interpreter Kathryn Neale at Elmfleld School for Deaf Children's World Book Day activity
Interpreter Kathryn Neale helps the children read a story

The event had to be rescheduled after last week's heavy snow.

Caroline said: "It's a fantastic school and a pleasure to be involved with them. It was a shame when their original activity was cancelled, but this made them even more determined to get dressed up and do it the week after.

Asda Bristol Patchway community champion Caroline with teachers and pupils for World Book Day at Elmfield School for Deaf Children
Caroline with teachers and pupils

"I first got involved with the school when I donated some sweets to them at Christmas, and got chatting to them about how they could be featured in our Green Token Giving scheme.

"That's when they mentioned their plans for World Book Day. I thought it was a brilliant idea and wanted to get involved.

"In the future I'm hoping to return to the school to present healthy eating tips, and a store visit is a possibility too."

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