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Great Readathon idea from St Joseph's Catholic College, Swindon

16 September 2013 at 09:36

The impressive modern library of St Joseph's College SwindonSt Joseph's Catholic College, a secondary school in Swindon, came up with a great idea to boost their recent Readathon: a "live reading exhibit" in the school library every lunchtime, featuring a member of staff reading aloud to anyone who came to listen. 

"We thought this was a great way to raise awareness of the school's Readathon and to remind pupils every single day that it was happening," says Justine Daniels, Readathon's CEO. "I'm sure that lots of other schools will love to follow suit!"

This was just one of the College's many effective Readathon ideas. Their fabulous team effort resulted in its Year 7 students (just over 200 pupils) reading a staggering 1,442 books and raising £981.52 for Readathon - an impressive achievement in just one month, during which the College Library experienced an amazing three-fold increase in lending, compared to the same period in the previous year.

Assistant Principal, Adrian Stoten, said of the event:

“The aim of the programme was to encourage every student in Year 7 to read for pleasure. No limits were set on what students should read, we just wanted them to realise that reading could be fun. We wanted students to get into good habits, such as visiting the College Library and reflecting on their reading, as well as wanting to help young people facing hardship. Readathon has managed to achieve both these aims and smashed the targets that we had set ourselves.”

Jessica, a pupil in Year 7, described what the students had got out of the month:

“For the Readathon challenge we had to read at least one book (or as many as you could) in a month, so we could raise money for charities that help seriously ill children. It is a good way to raise money and a good way for kids to get into reading; it will help us use the language from the books we have been reading in our own writing. I have read four books and am really pleased so far!”

Congratulations to St Joseph's Catholic College for a fantastic Readathon!

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Hundreds of Readathon Packs going to schools in January

09 December 2011 at 11:22

Readathon pack

If you have registered to run Readathon in the spring term, we will be sending your Readathon Resource Pack during the week of 9th January. 

You can't miss your big, orange box, packed full with everything a school needs to run its Readathon.

Lots of schools are planning to run Readathon around World Book Day - it's an ideal way to get children reading for pleasure. 

If you haven't registered yet - it's not too late.  You can request a Readathon pack at any time.  Just go to the registration page, email us at or give us a call on 0845 606 1151.

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King Street School pushes the boat out for Readathon

28 September 2011 at 12:38

King Street's The children of King Street Primary School in Spennymoor, County Durham, had great fun with their first ever Readathon, which captured the imagination of them all.  They even decided to donate to Readathon the proceeds of their special Fair Trade Day, organised by the school's "R Team" (pictured).

The "R Team" is short for "The Rights Respecting Team", who are putting into place a UNICEF initiative to put children's rights at the heart of school life.  

"Congratulations to all the King Street children who read for Readathon and a big thank you to the R Team as well," says Brough Girling, Readathon founder.  "Your school library's 'reading boat' looks a great place to curl up with a book!"

King Street Primary School has since gained their Level 1 Rights Respecting School Award from UNICEF - a fabulous achievement.

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Huish Episcopi (fund)raises a laugh

28 September 2011 at 12:05

The students of Huish Episcopi Academy in Langport, Somerset, have hit upon a great way to boost the success of their annual Readathon sponsored read.  On Friday 4th November, they'll stage a special Comedy Evening in their school hall.  All funds raised will be added to their sponsorship total.

This will be sixth year that the Academy has run a Readathon, which is organised by Ms Burrell, the Librarian.  Over the years they have raised over £2,500 for Readathon, which promotes reading for pleasure to children nationwide and makes substantial donations toHuish Episcopi Academy Readathon team 2010 CLIC Sargent and Roald Dahl's Marvellous Medical Foundation.  

"Congratulations to Huish Episcopi Academy for finding yet another way to put fun into fundraising," says Brough Girling, founder of Readathon. "We wish them every success for their Comedy Evening - and lots of fun with their sponsored read as well!"

Pictured here are the star readers from the Academy's 2010 Readathon.

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