IN recognition of Anti-Bullying Week this week, housebuilder David Wilson Homes has donated a collection of books to Appleton Thorn Primary School.
Anti-Bullying Week, founded by the Anti-Bullying Alliance (ABA), aims to raise awareness and bring an end to bullying in schools, at home and online, with this year’s campaign being ‘make a noise about bullying’ in the hope of tackling the issue head on.
According to statistics by the ABA, a study found that 40% of young people have experienced bullying at some point over the last year, with 15% of children that have been bullied having been subsequently excluded from school.
Bullying can have a severely detrimental effect on mental health, so the donation from David Wilson Homes includes a range of books by Usborne Publishing, which aims to support children’s mental health whilst promoting kindness to others and self-acceptance.
As well as the books by Usborne Publishing, titles such as ‘Being Miss Nobody’ by Tamsin Winter, ‘Nothing Ever Happens Here’ by Sarah Hagger-Holt and ‘Billy and the Mini Monsters: Monsters Go To School’ by Zanna Davidson were among the books donated.
The school, located near the housebuilder’s development, Orchard Meadows, was delighted to receive the donation to promote positivity and encourage children to be more open about their mental health.
Aaron Roberts, PSHE Lead at Appleton Thorn Primary School, said: “We’re extremely grateful to David Wilson Homes for their donation of some fantastic books. The books cover a whole range of topics including diversity and inclusion, friendship, families, feelings and mental health.
“It’s brilliant to see books that cover such important issues that affect children in today’s society. With Anti-Bullying Week around the corner, these books will help in raising awareness of this issue amongst our children and promote some interesting discussions.
“They’ll make a super addition to the school library and we can’t wait for the children to get their hands on them.”
Philippa Stewart, Sales Director at David Wilson Homes North West, said: “We hope that by donating these books, children will be encouraged to consider their own mental health, and also the health of their peers and how their actions could affect others.
“Anti-Bullying Week is an incredibly important initiative as it can follow us all from the school to the office and can even take place at home and online. We relish the opportunity to reach out to schools within our community and provide support for such a deserving cause.”
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