SCHOOL children from Our Lady’s Primary School in Stirling have teamed up with Stirling District Tourism, the charity that operates The National Wallace Monument, to create a William Wallace-themed reading challenge designed to inspire a love of reading in young people.

Entitled Reading Gives You Freedom, the William Wallace-inspired challenge encourages participation in the First Minister’s Reading Challenge.

The primary school on Drip Road in Raploch has set a challenge to read 246 books by World Book Day on March 5, to represent the number of steps to the top of the Monument.

It has been designed by teachers, children and Wallace Monument staff and tailored to various reading abilities. The challenge covers Monument-related themes including The Sword, Heroes, Be a Reading Warrior and The Crown.

Mrs Alexander, principal teacher from Our Lady’s Primary School, said: “We are delighted to be working with Stirling District Tourism to support a positive reading culture in our school.

"The National Wallace Monument is a significant structure on our local landscape and a great representation of Aiming for the Top through reading.”

Leading the reading challenge from The National Wallace Monument is Catherine Morrison, learning and volunteer coordinator at Stirling District Tourism, who will be on hand to help develop the reading materials and support children as they create their Wallace-inspired bookmarks.

Catherine said: “A key part of Stirling District Tourism’s educational remit is to teach the legacy of William Wallace and this project actively supports this. We understand the value of creating opportunities to engage with schools to inspire young people with Wallace’s story.

"It is part of our outreach programme designed to showcase one of our greatest national heroes to children from across Scotland.”

Other initiatives which are available from The National Wallace Monument include an Annual Membership programme that gives 12 months’ access for a one-off entrance price, as well as special admission discounts for local schools.

Schools can arrange a trip to The National Wallace Monument or a visit from Catherine Morrison by clicking here.