Reading initiative is on track thanks to posters

Children from the Riverside Learning Trust schools at Walkergate station with Sharon Kelly, Managing Director, DB Regio Tyne & Wear Ltd. Picture by Craig Leng.

Children from the Riverside Learning Trust schools at Walkergate station with Sharon Kelly, Managing Director, DB Regio Tyne & Wear Ltd. Picture by Craig Leng.

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A new initiative is on track to take children on a journey of literary discovery.

Youngsters travelling by Metro during the school summer holidays are being encouraged to look out for a series of posters.

Travelling Tales is a collection of specially designed prints on display at four stations – Walkergate, Byker, Manors and Monument – on the Tyne and Wear Metro system.

The posters were created by children and staff from the Riverside Learning Trust in Newcastle to encourage children to enjoy reading during their school holidays.

The five individually designed posters feature short stories written by pupils from each of the Trust’s six schools.

The eye-catching displays also include photos, trivia and tips to encourage young people to keep reading throughout the summer.

Sarah Stock, assistant headteacher at Walkergate Primary School, said: “The Trust is a collaboration of schools across the East End of Newcastle and one of our priorities is to promote reading and the benefits of reading quality texts across to the wider community.

“The Travelling Tales posters are just one way we’re doing that and we want parents and children to appreciate how much fun can be found in books, and encourage everyone to explore some of the many paths you can take through reading.”

The project is supported by Newcastle Libraries who are holding a Summer Reading Challenge.

Sharon Kelly, managing director at DB Regio Tyne and Wear, which operates the Metro on behalf of Nexus, said: “The Travelling Tales poster series is a welcome addition to the stations and platforms on Metro.

“We’re happy to be working with the Riverside Learning Trust who’ve done a fabulous job creating such fun and engaging posters.”