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Bryn the dog and pupils at St Edward’s Catholic Primary School in Sheerness on World Book Day

A story-loving dog and a stray Oompa Loompa helped deliver victory for a Sheppey primary in a World Book Day (WBD) challenge.

The KM Charity Team invited all schools taking part in its literacy and green-travel programmes Buster’s Book Club and Active Wow to send in pictures of their WBD activities.

Some superb entries made choosing a winner an extremely difficult task, but in the end St Edward’s Catholic Primary School in Sheerness nosed ahead – not least because of the efforts of Bryn the school dog.

Bryn dressed as Paddington Bear for the occasion, and was joined by characters including an Oompa Loompa, a really Fantastic Mr Fox, and another pupil rocking Where’s Wally specs and stripes.

St Edward’s pupils in their World Book Day costumes

As a reward, St Edward’s will receive a special visit for a prize assembly from KM Charity Team mascot Buster Bug and – along with nine other schools – a collection of stackable Buster’s erasers, and a signed copy of Whitstable children’s author Anthony Cooper’s book The Curious Tale of the Dodo.

Other schools took part in activities inspired by books with scientific themes and made potato-based characters in the style of Supertato.

World Book Day took place on Thursday, March 5, and St Edward’s teaching assistant Lisa Whittaker said: “Across the week, our children dressed as their favourite book characters and had a sponsored read.

“All sponsor money raised will be used to buy new books for our children.

“Children have written about the characters they dressed up as, and shared books with each other and our school dog, Bryn.

“We had a great week.”

KM Charity Team literacy project lead Kay Devine said: “Many congratulations to St Edward’s Catholic Primary School.

“Choosing a winner for this competition was so difficult, but we loved the effort St Edward’s pupils put in with their costumes and their fundraising efforts, and Bryn was amazing.”

Buster’s Book Club and Active Wow use a spirit of friendly competition to motivate children to read at home and use green travel to get to and from school.

Participating classes compete for class-of-the-week trophies, and winners of monthly inter-school challenges are rewarded with tickets to leisure attractions and visits by celebrity storytellers and organisations like Creepy Claws.

Buster’s is supported by The Education People, Golding Vision, Specsavers, Leeds Castle, Diggerland, Hornby, Wildwood, Rotary, Acorns Read and Grow, Three R’s Teacher Recruitment, Buckland Media and Medway and Kent councils.

Active Wow is supported by Volker Highways, Countrystyle Recycling, Golding Vision, Specsavers, the Morrison’s Foundation, and Ashford, Bexley, Maidstone, Medway and Kent councils. For more information, contact Kay Devine for Buster’s or Kathy Beel for Wow on 01227 475966 or at Kdevine@thekmgroup.co.uk and Kbeel@thekmgroup.co.uk, or visit www.bustersbookclub.co.uk and www.kmcharityteam.co.uk/schools/walktoschool/wow.

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