To encourage its students to read for pleasure and raise money for children’s charities at the same time, Chailey School has just completed a very successful Readathon sponsored read.
Year 7 students rose to the challenge, reading 248 books between them and raising a fantastic £850 for seriously ill children. Their achievement also earned the school’s library free books worth £170, provided by Readathon.
Readathon is the UK’s national sponsored reading event, encouraging children to read for pleasure, while raising money for three children’s charities: ReadWell, which provides books and storytelling to children in hospital; CLIC Sargent, giving support to children and young people with cancer and their families; and Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity, which helps seriously ill and disabled children. Since 1984, Readathon has raised more than £25 million and has helped encourage millions of children to read more books.
This year has been the best ever at Chailey School, with students raising more money than ever before. Mrs Duck, Library Manager, said “we are very pleased to be involved in this worthwhile annual event which encourages reading for pleasure and, at the same time, raises money for children’s charities”.
The Year 7 students who took part in Readathon were asked why they enjoyed doing it and here are some of their comments:
“You read for pleasure and you help ill children”
“I can do something I love doing and get to put money towards a charity”
“It helps less fortunate children”
“Itmade me read regularly”
“I love reading books”
“It’s exciting and fun”
“It helps children with life changing conditions and encourages children to read”
Report and picture contributed by Chailey School.