New figures show that 4405 Primary 2 and 3 pupils in West Lothian have received free books through the First Minister's Read Write Count program, which promotes literacy and aims to raise attainment. The Scottish Book Trust distributes Read, Write, Count bags containing two books during Book Week Scotland to Primary 2 and Primary 3 pupils across the country.
The figures from SPICe, Angela Constance MSP has said, underline the Scottish Governments dedication to increasing the number of opportunities open to children in West Lothian and giving them the best start in life possible.
Commenting, Angela Constance MSP said:
“I welcome these new figures which reveal 4405 children in West Lothian have received free books from the Scottish Book Trust, thanks to the First Minister’s Read Write Count programme, which is helping to encourage a new generation of readers. Books can open any number of doors for young people and is a love that will stay with them their whole lives; however, we know that too many children in West Lothian will not have easy access to books at home – a problem that will only have been exacerbated by the cost of living crisis. From Baby Boxes to the Scottish Child Payment and Best Starts Grants - initiatives like the First Minister’s Read Write Count programme are helping to give every child across Scotland and in West Lothian the best start in life they can have."
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