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Small School Gets Big Results!

10 October 2011 at 11:12

Swell Primary School Readathon readersWith just 30 pupils in its two classes, the tiny Swell Primary School in Lower Swell, in rural Gloucestershire, has made a complete triumph out of its first ever Readathon sponsored read.  

Between them the children at this little village school have raised £216, entitling them to a free book voucher worth £43.20, which will provide a welcome boost to the school's library facilities.

Proud school administrator Judy Morgan called their achievement "amazing" - and we at the Readathon office definitely agree!

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Readathon team meets Julia Donaldson at Cheltenham Festival

10 October 2011 at 09:59

Julia Donaldson, Children's Laureate and author of The GruffaloOn Friday our office team enjoyed a day out at the nearby Cheltenham Festival of Literature 2011 to attend Children's Laureate Julia Donaldson's fabulous Singalong event.

Accompanied by her husband on the guitar, she engaged 600 schoolchildren in her lively songs and stories. Her sister and great-nieces joined the cast, along with lots of children from the audience, together acting out favourites such as "The Stick Man" and "The Gruffalo", who made a special guest appearance in person!  

After the event, we enjoyed chatting to Julia to find out more about her work.  Did you know she started her career as a children's songwriter? She was equally interested in hearing the latest news from Readathon, of which she is a great advocate.

"Inspiring children to read is the greatest gift you can give them", she says.

She is also keen on our new Readwell programme, which takes books and storytellers into children's hospitals, not least because her guitar-playing husband Malcolm is a paediatrician.

An interview given by Julia later that afternoon is now available to see here.  Her next mission is to collect her MBE later this week, awarded in the Queen's Birthday Honours, a few days after she was made Children's Laureate!

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Summer Reading Superstars Reap their Rewards

06 October 2011 at 12:58

The Christian School's Readathon readersA small group of pupils at the Christian School, Takeley, has earned the school over £70 worth of free books! Volunteering to take part in a Readathon over the school summer holidays, they raised an amazing £352 between them. 

The whole school congratulated them with a special award ceremony. Part of their reward was to be allowed to help choose the new free books for the school library.

"I am passionate about children reading and so have been trying to build up and renew our stock of books," says Miss Susan Ash, Head of Primary at The Christian School.  "We were delighted to receive our book token.  I had no idea it would be for so much!"

As Miss Ash found out, running a Readathon is a great way to boost school book stocks, as well as encouraging children to read for pleasure and to raise money to help seriously ill children.

She added: "May I just comment, as a teacher running the event, how well organised it has all been. We were very impressed with the quality of the material and I am even more impressed with your fast response to the money we sent."

Well, we like to think that with Readathon, everyone wins! Congratulations to all who took part in The Christian School's sponsored read. Enjoy your new books, you deserve them!

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