Firefighters rush to the aid of child literacy

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Firefighters lent a helping hand to the development of child literacy after reading books to pupils at a Bury St Edmunds school.

Members of White Watch from Bury Fire Station kept about 75 youngsters, aged three to five, at Westgate Primary entertained with their recitals of books including Tiddler The Story Telling Fish.

Fire fighter Paul Turner from White watch, Bury fire station, reads to pupils from Westgate Primary School in a bid to provide boys with positive male role models for reading as this is found to have a significant impact on achievement.''FL; Fire fighter Paul Turner from White watch reads Tidler the Story Telling Fish.

Fire fighter Paul Turner from White watch, Bury fire station, reads to pupils from Westgate Primary School in a bid to provide boys with positive male role models for reading as this is found to have a significant impact on achievement.''FL; Fire fighter Paul Turner from White watch reads Tidler the Story Telling Fish.

They also brought a fire engine which the pupils were able to view.

Nicki Knowles, literacy co-ordinator, said the visit was part of a drive by the school to provide boys with ‘positive male role models in reading’.

She added: “National research is highlighting that boys trail behind girls in their reading. They feel one way to address this is to provide boys with more role models so that’s what we’re trying to do.”

During a Father’s Day breakfast today, parents were due to read with pupils.