Pupils Turn A Page At School Readathon

Yorkshire Evening Post - December 2011

Pupils Turn A Page At School Readathon

Getting young people engaged in reading for pleasure is not always easy, especially with all the other distractions available to them in today’s world.  That’s why Cockburn decided to run Readathon, the UK’s sponsored reading event, and has got pupils actively engaged in reading for pleasure. 


Running for a full week, from the 12th to 16th December, pupils were sponsored to read in every lesson that week. As well as rising to the challenge to read more books, pupils raised a fantastic £800 for CLIC Sargent and the Roald Dahl Foundation who do so much to support seriously ill children and their families. 


Readathon wants to make reading even more rewarding and so, in partnership with Scholastic Book Clubs, they will award Cockburn School with free books worth £160 - with increasing pressure on school budgets, these books are needed now more than ever.


Quote from event organizer and English Teacher at Cockburn Miss Fleming:


“I recommend Readathon to any teacher or librarian who wants to get their pupils enthused about reading – it creates a real ‘buzz’ about books in the school.  I found children talking about books, sharing and swapping favourites and actually motivated to read.  Parents became involved in what their children are reading and shared precious time together talking about books.  Our pupils raised over £800 for seriously ill children.  To get all that from one activity, and then be awarded free books on top, makes Readathon a truly unique campaign.  Everybody wins.”


Quote from Founder of Readathon, Brough Girling:


“The wonderful thing about schools and young people, is that even in today’s economic climate, they are still eager to raise money for those less fortunate than themselves.  To say thank you for their tremendous efforts, Readathon has teamed up with Scholastic Book Clubs to give Cockburn School free books.  We hope that these books in turn, will inspire more pupils to get reading - for good.”

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