Tess Brooker, Service Families Support Worker at Carterton Primary School Oxfordshire, offers Reading Force to the RAF children she supports. “I introduce Reading Force to parents at our Service families’ coffee mornings and I give a copy of the scrapbook to every Service child in school, with a note for parents explaining the scheme.
I think it’s a brilliant initiative and encourage everyone to take part, not just if a parent is away but also to involve relations and family friends who, due to the nature of postings, often live miles away. For example it is a lovely way for grandparents and their grandchildren to share a reading experience. With e-books being so commonly read now too it makes it very easy for families to quickly, and often more cheaply, buy the same book.”
One Carterton mum, Diane Munro, did Reading Force with her daughter Alice and extended family while dad was away, and read Harry Potter.
“It gave me the chance to spend special time with my oldest daughter. It was nice to have something to share with the rest of the extended family too. When she got the chance to speak, it also gave Alice and her dad something extra to talk about, rather than just a list of things she had done at school. We’re hoping to get involved again when dad goes away again.”