Pupils read all about Captain Tom

Children celebrated the life of Captain Sir Tom Moore in a most appropriate way during World Book Day.

English leader Cathy Lea, dressed as Captain Sir Tom Moore, hands over a copy of One Hundred Steps to Lily Rothans, aged five
English leader Cathy Lea, dressed as Captain Sir Tom Moore, hands over a copy of One Hundred Steps to Lily Rothans, aged five

Teachers at Eastfield Primary School, in Wolverhampton, decided to hand out copies of special books to children still in the classrooms and also to those currently being home-schooled.

The book, One Hundred Steps, was published in support of the creation of the Captain Tom Foundation.

It tells the incredible story of the man who walked 100 laps of his garden and captured the heart of a nation, raising tens of millions of pounds for the NHS in the process.

The book follows the key moments from Captain Sir Tom Moore’s life and and aims to show what is possible when people come together and never, ever give up.

The school has spent more than £2,000 buying copies of the book for each family of the 420 pupils, aged four to 11.

Headteacher Sarah Hay said: “Even though World Book Day is going to look a little different this year, we still wanted to mark it together as a school so thought it would be a perfect opportunity to celebrate books, Captain Sir Tom Moore’s life and the fact we will very soon be starting to come out of the latest lockdown.

"By purchasing a copy of his book for all of our families, we hope we can spread the positive messages Captain Sir Tom Moore lived his life by to all of our children at Eastfield.

“Also to mark World Book Day itself we decided to dress up by wearing army gear, a suit and tie or just being ‘sporty’ and in this way remember what a wonderful individual Captain Sir Tom Moore was.”

Councillor Dr Michael Hardacre, Wolverhampton Council’s cabinet member for education and skills, added: “This is a splendid way to celebrate the legacy of a wonderful individual.

“I am sure the pupils at Eastfield Primary School will enjoy learning all about Captain Sir Tom Moore.”

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