Boost to literacy and fitness
By The Bristol Post | Wednesday, April 24, 2013, 05:00
THOUSANDS of children in South Gloucestershire have been given cards which entitle them to free access to libraries and leisure-centre facilities.
Pupils promote the Active Card with Councillor Janet Biggin and Yate library's Emma Fisher and leisure centre's Kylee John
Pupils at Brimsham Green School, Yate International Academy and Marlwood School have received an Active Card as part of a pilot scheme aimed at increasing students' participation in reading and sporting activities.
If the Arts Council England-funded pilot is successful, it will be rolled out across all South Gloucestershire secondary schools. The card enables children to borrow books and CDs or gain internet access at libraries, have a swim or use the gym.
Jon Bell, deputy head at Brimsham Green, said: "Brimsham Green is passionate about promoting literacy across the entire school with all students.
"It is natural that we would want to be part of an exciting project such as the Active Card."
Keith Geary, head at Marlwood, said: "We are thrilled to be taking part in this pilot scheme."