The Gateway Primary Free School gets Kindle surprise from Amazon
PUPILS at Gateway Primary Free School in Tilbury can now enjoy their favourite books on brand new Kindle devices after the team from Amazon in Tilbury made a surprise visit to the school to donate 25 devices as part of Amazon’s local community support programme.
The school was also surprised with a £2,000 gift card to purchase e-books during a special assembly, attended by members of the charity committee from Amazon’s site in Tilbury.
Gateway Primary Free School received the special packages from the local Amazon team as part of the company’s Kindle Reading Fund, a programme that sees Amazon employees nominate a school to receive literary support.
Speaking on the donation, General Manager at Amazon in Tilbury, Robert Stobinski, said:
“The staff at Gateway Primary School do a fantastic job in encouraging more reading among the young people in our community and we hope this donation helps the pupils experience new books while enjoying some old classics. The joy of reading is something we’re incredibly passionate about at Amazon and we’re keen to help local children broaden their literary horizons with this donation.”
One member of the Amazon team from Tilbury that nominated the school for support is Leigh Diprose whose children used to be pupils at the school. He said:
“Gateway Primary Free School does a great job increasing the literary skills of our young people and this donation will help even more local kids to enjoy books of all genres. It’s great that the team at Amazon in Tilbury is able to provide this support to Gateway Primary Free School and I know that the donation will be really welcomed by everyone at the school.”
Dan George, Head of School at Gateway Primary Free School, added:
“It’s our mission to encourage pupils to read – not only for the educational benefits, but also in the context of feeding their imaginations and creativity. The gift card and Kindle devices will be a really valuable resource at our school and we’re over the moon to receive such great support from the local Amazon team.”
The initiative is part of the ‘Amazon in the Community’ programme whereby the company supports communities in and around where it operates in the UK.