The Spireites were represented at a number of the Chesterfield FC Community Trust’s partner schools on World Book Day.
World Book Day is aimed at encouraging children to read more, with pupils and teachers dressing up as their favourite book characters.
The Community Trust arranged for player/coach Ritchie Humphreys and club mascot Chester to make appearances at schools as part of the initiative.
New Whittington Primary School teacher Hannah Scott stresses that it is vital that children read more. She said: “It’s hugely important and we do try really hard across the school to encourage the children to dress up and embrace World Book Day.
“We find getting them to dress up really inspires them to read more and when the staff make so much of an effort as well it really inspires the children to do that.
“It was lovely to have Chester at the front to present the certificates and have photographs with the children.”
Mary Swanwick Primary School acting head teacher Jackie Littlechilds was delighted to welcome Humphreys to the school.
“It was great to get a footballer to come into school as a positive role model for reading,” she said. “For them to see somebody come in and celebrate books with us was fantastic.
“A lot of them are Chesterfield fans and it was great to have him talking about what he loves to read and the skills that you need for reading.”
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