Hartlepool Costa Coffee set to back Reading Week initiative

Costa Coffee shop.
Costa Coffee shop.

A Hartlepool coffee shop is on the boil when it comes to literacy.

Costa Coffee in the town’s Middleton Grange Shopping Centre will be joining in the company’s Reading Week to help promote literacy across the country.

The Hartlepool branch is one of 500 stores inviting youngsters along to pull up a chair and take part in reading activities.

It will be joining stores nationwide running the event from Monday, September 11, through until Sunday, September 17.

This is the second year the company has run the event and is hoping parents, teachers and children will go down to the store and enjoy a range of literacy-themed activities on offer that aim to teach children about the environment.

Reading Week is held in partnership with the National Literacy Trust, The Police Community Clubs of Great Britain, Keep Britain Tidy and Helping Hand Environmental to tackle low literacy levels across the UK.

The Litter Heroes booklet will be available to read in store and have been specially created for Costa Reading Week, featuring a new story from Barney and Echo about litter and responsibility in our communities.

Sandy Gourlay for Costa, said: “Reading Week is part of a wider initiative established to enable Costa’s team members to make a difference to their local communities. We are thrilled to be able to work with partners to welcome young people to our stores this week to enjoy a good book.”

Costa employees will also donate approximately 30,000 Barney and Echo books, provided by the Police Community Clubs of Great Britain, directly to their local schools.