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SDCC students read for good

Just before we broke for summer we saw a phenomenal response to a call for help in the SDCC library, as 17 teams of readers read for a total of 194.5 hours across the day in the SDCC Readathon Challenge. Approximately 3,000 schools are involved every year, and this year we decided to give it a proper go.

The Read for Good project has been running since 1984. Their aim is “for all children in the UK to be given the opportunity, space and motivation to develop their own love of reading, benefiting them throughout their lives” and at the same time, doing their bit for others in the UK: the money raised buys books for schools and brings the power of stories to children in hospital via Read for Good’s mobile bookcases and resident storytellers, reaching 100,000 hospitalised children each year. In addition, SDCC will receive 20% of what is raised back for our own library.

Students in year 7 and 8 formed tag teams of readers, reading for between 1 and 4 hours independently and then passing the book on to the next reader to continue through the day. Some smaller teams managed 4 hours between them, many read for 8-12 hours and one team managed a fantastic 16.5 hours of solid reading!

Sue Norris, librarian, was chief organiser and motivator on the day, with members of the SDCC staff team joining throughout the day to cheer students on. She says, “What a wonderful day of reading. Perfect silence and concentration mixed with slightly tired, hectic and excited times as well as quite a few biscuit crumbs.”

We’d like to say a huge thank you to Mr Woodward, Mrs Norris and the English team for getting this up and running and to the parents, teachers and friends who have sponsored children, helping us to raise over £600 in sponsorship money so far for the Read for Good project. And of course, an extra big thanks to the students themselves who have been amazing!

Any students who still have money to hand in can still do so – just take it to the library ASAP!