Teconnex give the gift of fiction this Christmas

Teconnex, a part of the Hexadex Group, has sponsored a book donation to 5 primary schools in Keighley, Bradford.

There is no better escapism than reading a book, exploring the pages you are carried away to another world. This Christmas, with the assistance of Ahead Partnership, Teconnex, a local manufacturer of innovative jointing technology, are sponsoring the charitable book donation of David Walliams’s most recent fictional adventure, Grandpa’s Great Escape. The book has been gifted to over 400 primary school children in the Keighley area.

Caroline Lovell, Hexadex Group HR Manager, says “Christmas is all about giving and what better gift to give than a book. We believe that books help to inspire and immerse children into a different world whilst improving their literacy skills, skills which are key to their progression in the later stages of their education and beyond. Teconnex is now a major employer in Keighley, and because of that we consider it important to continually make a positive contribution to the community in which we work. Throughout 2016 we will continue to work with local schools championing education, aspirational and imaginative thinking amongst young people as much as we possibly can”.

Schools benefiting from this donation include St Andrews Primary School, Steeton Primary School, Victoria Primary School, Parkwood Primary School and Riddlesden Primary School. The aim of the donation is to inspire and inform children on the importance of reading and literature. In an ever evolving world technology is replacing the basic skills of reading and writing in younger generations. This broadening gap leads to an unready workforce, lacking soft skills.

On the 15th December pupils from some of the participating primary schools collected their copies from the University Academy Keighley, where student ambassadors helped to prepare the books for collection. The Year 7 students shared thoughts on favourite books, discussed what makes a good book and why reading is so important.

Linda Wallsgrove, Principal from University Academy Keighleysaid, “I was really excited seeing so many books ready to go into the hands of the Year 5 and 6 pupils in our feeder primary schools. Reading is so important; it is not only a driver in raising standards of literacy it opens minds, answers questions and inspires the imagination. I am delighted that UAK was able to support Teconnex, a local company, in its ambition to get the books to the children”.

Written on 21st December 2015Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in Members News, News