The youngest pupils at Cliftonville Integrated Primary School were delighted to welcome a special visitor from Ulster Bank last Friday (12 May) and celebrate the bank staff’s support for Dolly Parton!
The Staff Charity Committee from Ulster Bank has stepped in to make sure that Cliftonville IPS can continue to operate the only Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library in Northern Ireland. The Imagination Library, founded by the singer, requires additional support from local communities to keep going. The scheme celebrates reading, learning and cultural diversity, which all figure strongly in the ethos of Cliftonville IPS. It also works with schools to promote self-esteem and confidence in children.
Laura Calvin, who chairs the Ulster Bank Staff Charity Committee, met Nursery and P1 children at Cliftonville IPS to hear more about the Imagination Library and to see how the committee’s £2,500 donation is being put to excellent use.
The additional funding means each of around 50 children will receive a new book every month for the next two years, delivered to their homes.
After her visit, Laura said
“I received a lovely welcome from the school; it has a very friendly atmosphere. It was great to see the children in the nursery unit so interested in their reading and I enjoyed spending time with them all. It is great to see the positive outcome of the Ulster Bank Staff Charity Fund donation and hope we can continue to support projects like this in the future.”
Cliftonville IPS Principal Brenda McMullen added:
“We were delighted to welcome Laura today. We wanted to say a massive thank you to her and her colleagues at Ulster Bank for their support. Reading is such an important part of a child’s education and not every child has access to such beautiful materials at home, especially within our school community. The joy of the children when they see the books arriving every month is really quite special.”
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