Help us make Mayfield Primary School’s reading bus a wonderland of words

PUBLISHED: 05:10 09 July 2017

Mayfield Primary School pupils have launched a fundraising campaign to raise £8,000 to redecorate the school's reading bus, which sits in the playground. Picture: Keith Heppell

Mayfield Primary School pupils have launched a fundraising campaign to raise £8,000 to redecorate the school's reading bus, which sits in the playground. Picture: Keith Heppell

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Primary students Michaela, Phoebe, Aylin and Cathy explain their school’s £8,000 appeal to revamp its reading bus.

Mayfield Primary School pupils have launched a fundraising campaign to raise £8,000 to redecorate the school's reading bus, which sits in the playground. Picture: Keith HeppellMayfield Primary School pupils have launched a fundraising campaign to raise £8,000 to redecorate the school's reading bus, which sits in the playground. Picture: Keith Heppell

Children at Mayfield Primary School in Cambridge have become journalists and fundraisers for the past few weeks to help raise money to redecorate their school’s reading bus.

The youngsters need to raise £8,000 to cover the outside of the double-decker with designs which have been produced by pupils at the Warwick Road school.

The bus will be completely recovered in the designs, inspired by Lewis Carroll’s classic tale, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, which the children have created and drawn themselves.

The bus is currently situated in the school playground and is used as a library where children can read with their friends.

Mayfield Primary School pupils have launched a fundraising campaign to raise £8,000 to redecorate the school's reading bus, which sits in the playground. Picture: Keith HeppellMayfield Primary School pupils have launched a fundraising campaign to raise £8,000 to redecorate the school's reading bus, which sits in the playground. Picture: Keith Heppell

Michela, a Year 5 pupil, said: “I think that if we decorate the bus into something that looks better, then children at the school will feel like they are being transported into the world of Alice in Wonderland, which will be amazing.”

Phoebe, Year 5, said: “I struggle with reading, like so many children here, so if our bus looked nice it would make me want to go inside it and then I would read more.”

Cathy, also in Year 5, said: “I have recently moved here from China and so the reading bus is a new thing for me. I would love it if it looked nice as it would make me want to read inside it.”

The school has set up an online fundraising page at hubbub.org/p/mayfieldreadingbus where anyone can donate to the project.

Mayfield Primary School pupils have launched a fundraising campaign to raise £8,000 to redecorate the school's reading bus, which sits in the playground. Picture: Keith HeppellMayfield Primary School pupils have launched a fundraising campaign to raise £8,000 to redecorate the school's reading bus, which sits in the playground. Picture: Keith Heppell

The children are using the hashtag #readinbus to generate support for the project on social media and hope that famous authors will donate books they 
have written as well as tweet to show their support for the project.

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