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Four goes the extra 26.2 miles for literacy charity Beanstalk

This weekend Four Communications’ office assistant Hollie Jack will be running the London Marathon for Four Colman Getty client Beanstalk. Beanstalk is a national literacy charity that recruits, vets, trains and supports volunteers to work in primary schools with children who have fallen behind with their reading.

To support Hollie’s fundraising, the Beanstalk team organised a Four staff quiz night that last night raised £500, taking Hollie’s current total to £1,400.

Four Colman Getty started working with national charity Beanstalk in May 2012 and this year is supporting its 40th birthday celebration. To mark this milestone, the team worked with Beanstalk to create, design and publish a Charter for Children’s Literacy, calling for a raft of interventions to improve reading standards amongst young people. Currently, one in eight children in the UK leaves primary school unable to read to the required standards.

The Charter, sponsored by HarperCollins, consists of an introduction on children’s literacy over the past 40 years; a survey of Beanstalk’s reading helpers about the children they support; a range of viewpoints from experts across the literacy sphere; and a series of recommendations – from the reform of the primary curriculum to foster creativity by reducing testing, to government funding to provide a trained reading helper in every primary school in the country.

High profile support for the Charter has come from the CBI, former Ofsted Director Sir Jim Rose, and HRH Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands, Chair of the EU High Level Group on Literacy, as well as authors Charlie Higson and Julia Donaldson.

To sponsor Hollie, please donate via her Just Giving page http://www.justgiving.com/hollie-jack.

 

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