Look what you have made happen!
Its been 3 months since each and every one of you helped me reach my target of £25,000 to purchase a copy of The Lost Words for every school in Scotland.
Today I had such an amazing day delivering copies of the book across South West Scotland and I wanted to share some of the joy with you all. You should know that you have not only bought a copy of the book for each school, in many cases you have provided the key to unlock a whole outdoor experience for thousands of children. Just look at the amazing work that is planned by the team at Learning Outdoors Support Team at East Ayrshire Council.
All of these amazing items - including a Kelly Kettle! - will go out with a member of the team as they deliver the books to schools. The kids will have an amazing outdoor session of learning in their local natural environment lead by some of the most passionate people I have ever met - it blew me away today and it has all been made possible by your support.
I was met in South Ayrshire Council offices by three very excited kids from a local school in Ayr and they couldn't wait to open the book. The otters were a clear favourite! Soon each school in the area will be invited to an outdoor activity session, with specific teacher training sessions, then be presented with their book.
I have been making steady progress on distributing the books and have had an amazing amount of help and support from the staff at the John Muir Trust who have contacts in schools that deliver the John Muir Award - well worth looking up if you have a spare minute or two.
I have also had help from the National Trust for Scotland Ranger on Mull & Iona, and the amazing Coigach and Assynt Landscape Partnership. I will try to share more photos with you all via project updates, but if you are on Twitter please follow me @JaneBeaton or search for #TheLostWords as there is so much positivity on there.
To those of you who have offered to help with distribution, I have a list of all offers and I WILL be in touch. I'm prioritising the bulk deliveries to locations which are set up to deliver the books with so much added value as I want to get them out while spring is in full swing.
After over 400 miles on the road today, I am glad to have ticked the box for South West Scotland in one day!
Thanks again to all of you for making this happen - it is so much more than I ever imagined.
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