tokens: “Thanks, but…”
by Gaby Spinks
children and parents in Burngreave were pleasantly surprised to
receive £10 book tokens this Christmas, but some have asked
how New Deal got children’s isnformation and where the long
term strategy was.
of two, Kate Atchison, was ‘pleasantly surprised’ but
felt there were better uses for £25,000 “…a sustainable
strategy as opposed to a one off gesture”.
The kids at
Firs Hill Out of School Club had nearly all bought new books with
their tokens, although one boy had sold his token to his mother
for £5 and some exchanged their book tokens for CDs or DVDs.
Some parents and children have asked where New Deal got their children’s
names from, and the BCAF children and young people’s group
is raising this issue with BNDfC. The Book Token project was taken
to the group who made several alternative suggestions for spending
New Deal told
the Messenger: “The tokens were distributed on BNDfC’s
behalf by the Local Education Authority and the Health Authority.
BNDfC did not have access to any of this information. The project
was aimed at raising the profile of BNDfC, encouraging people to
become actively involved and encouraging children’s interest
in books and reading. We are looking carefully at any suggestions
we receive and working with the Children and Young People’s
group and the Education Theme Group to implement them.”