The Club and Leyton Orient Trust have joined together to introduce a new letters exchange programme between Primary Schools in East London and Elementary Schools in Lovejoy Independent School District in Lucas, Texas, USA.
Vice-Chairman and Principal Investor Kent Teague hand delivered the letters from Lovejoy Elementary School and Puster Elementary School in his home-town of Fairview, to the schools in Chingford. He visited Year 5 pupils at Chase Lane Primary School on Monday, September 11, and Year 3 and 4 pupils at Ainslie Wood Primary School on Friday, September 15.
The exchange was part of a brand new literacy project under the Premier League Primary Stars programme delivered by Leyton Orient Trust. To help develop their reading and writing skills, the pupils will be encouraged to continue to write to one another to learn about their lives and cultures.
As well as delivering the letters, Kent presented the schools with tickets for an Orient match and sticker books to celebrate the 80 Years of the Club being in Leyton. The pupils also had the opportunity to ask Kent questions about his life, his love of football and Texas.
Kent Teague said; “I’m very excited to be able to take these letters from one side of the pond to the other. Our lives may not be exactly the same in Dallas as they are in East London, for example football is called soccer in the states! But as well as learning about what’s different, I hope the young people discover their similarities too.”
"When my wife spoke with the Leyton Orient Trust, they saw a great opportunity to match this pen pal programme up with the work they have been doing with schools with the Premier League Primary Stars programme.”
Phill Smith, Head of Health and Wellbeing at Leyton Orient Trust said; “This is a great example of how Leyton Orient works with local schools to enrich their learning in the classroom. I’m really looking forward to seeing this develop as the pupils continue to correspond with one another.”