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21 December 2012 at 10:27
We've just had an unusual guest in the Readathon office: one with four legs and a wet nose!
Pippa the dog and her owner Deborah Neame, from the charity Dogs Helping Kids, came to demonstrate how reading to dogs can improve children’s literacy skills. It is especially helpful to reluctant readers and to young readers who lack confidence and and enthusiasm, but all children of all ages may benefit.
Half Labrador, half Dalmation, Pippa is a naturally calm and comforting presence, but even so, extensive training is required to turn a suitable dog into a safe, consistent and purposeful DHK dog.
The training includes teaching the dogs to treat books and readers with interest, respect and undivided attention, and to tolerate children’s behaviour. DHK dogs must also learn to reward the young reader at the end of each session, such as pressing a button on a device that speaks a message and doing amusing tricks.
“It was easy to find young volunteers to help with Pippa’s demonstration!” explains Justine, Readathon's director.
Two boys from nearby Amberley Parochial Primary School, an avid Readathon supporter, took it in turns to read to Pippa.
Looking on, their Headmaster Pete Godfrey commented: “I was very impressed with this demonstration and can see how effective this approach would be within a school environment.”
Supporting children’s reading in primary and secondary schools is just part of a much wider educational and therapeutic brief for DHK, which was founded in North Devon by Tracey Berridge. A qualified professional Canine Behaviour Counsellor. Tracy earned her Master's Postgraduate Degree in 'Companion Animal Behaviour Counselling'. Her thesis about the effects of using dogs in the school environment identified tremendous benefits of introducing dogs into schools. These include teaching children non-violence, empathy, respect, kindness, love, responsibility, friendship and trust. In the long term, DHK aims to have a dog in every school in the UK. In the meantime, it is busy raising awareness, fundraising and recruiting and training suitable dogs.
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20 December 2012 at 12:14
At the Readathon office, we're always touched by great feedback from young readers whose schools have run a Readathon sponsored read. In the run-up to Christmas and the season of goodwill, it's been especially heartwarming to receive a message this morning from The Corbet School, a Shrewsbury secondary school.
These fabulous quotes from Year 7 readers show that not only did they enjoy their reading, they were also highly motivated by being empowered to help children less fortunate than themselves.
"I loved Readathon, I loved the experience and that we have raised so much money. What an opportunity I have had in my childhood to be able to raise money for children who are ill! I have made everyone in my family proud and I hope that I have made the children who are ill very happy. I hope I have put a smile on their faces because I have a smile on my face!" (Amy M)
"I enjoyed Readathon. I am happy because I met my Readathon target and I am so pleased that we have helped those less fortunate." (Dominic B)
"I think it was an amazing experience and I really enjyoed it. I hope they do it every year! It made you want to push yourself and read more books." (Alex W)
"Readathon is really good. I don't really like reading but I enjoyed Readathon because it was for people who needed it. I hope all the money we raised will help a lot. It was an opportunity to show that reading can change people's lives. I am happy with what we raised. Everyone enjoyed reading to help people. Thank you to everyone who got sponsors and everyone who sponsored someone." (Katie H)
"Readathon was a very good experience and it all goes to a good cause. Everybody just lit up with happiness when we found out how much money we had raised. If you ever get a chance to take part in a Readathon, take it!" (George W)
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27 November 2012 at 11:32
We're always delighted to hear about schools who have added their own creative ideas to their Readathon, and Barr Beacon School, a secondary school in Walsall, West Midlands, is a great example.
Barr Beacon School has designated a list of 13 recommended books, each championed by a particular member of staff. Pupils sign up to read one book from this list. After they've read it, they chat about the book with other pupils who chose it, mentored by the book's staff champion, before compiling a joint review of the book. The school has made a brilliant promotional video to encourage pupils to take part.
This sophisticated approach, led by Director of English Miss Melanie Rock, echoes aspects of the judging process of national and international book awards. We're sure it will be a really interesting and enjoyable process for all involved - including the teachers!
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19 November 2012 at 11:14
Last week he pupils of Huish Episcopi Academy, in Langport, Somerset, staged a brilliant Variety Show to boost their Readathon fundraising. The evening of fun involved comedy, singing and playing musical instruments. Guest of honour was Readathon's founder, Brough Girling, pictured here with the show's cast.
It was the idea of staff member Phillipa Burrell to stage this event to raise awareness of Readathon and the charities it supports for seriously ill children: CLIC Sargent, Roald Dahl's Marvellous Children's Charity and Readwell.
“I would like to say a very big thank you to Mr Brough Girling, founder of Readathon, for visiting our school and meeting the cast of the Variety Show," said Phillipa Burrell, who runs the annual Readathon in the school Library.
Mr Brough Girling said: "Thousands of schools do Readathon every year, but Huish Episcopi School is among the very best of them. The students there obviously love reading and love raising money for sick children too."
A big thanks to everyone involved!
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29 October 2012 at 11:36
We are pleased to share this press release and lovely photo issued by Dunottar School. If you'd like your school's success story to appear here, please email us your news and digital photos.
Pupils at Dunottar School in Reigate are celebrating their success with Readathon. Readathon is the UK’s national sponsored reading event. It encourages students to read for pleasure, while raising money for seriously ill children.
Throughout the summer, the Year 8 students did sponsored reads and raised a total of £568.65.
Student Bee Watson, 13, said: “I made an effort to read more books over the summer – I had lots of time to do this!”
Organiser and English teacher Mrs Turner said: “We run Readathon every year as it is an extremely enjoyable activity for the girls who read books they have chosen themselves, knowing that at the same time they are raising funds to help seriously ill children. Taking part in Readathon also has longer term benefits as pupils are encouraged to continue reading widely afterwards and often play a more active role in supporting other charities.”
Year 8 students are pictured celebrating their success.
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12 October 2012 at 09:53
As primary and secondary schools all over the UK approach half term, many have already kicked off their Readathon this year, giving even the most reluctant readers the chance to discover reading for pleasure.
Click on Blaenau Community Primary School to see a lovely photo and newspaper report about a school in Ammanford, Wales kicking off their Readathon, in which the children may choose to read any books they like.
For a fab collection of photos of the brilliant Hobbit Readathon - and some inspiration on running Readathons on specific themes - click on Forrester High School in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Which kind of Readathon will your school choose?
Please remember: you need to order a new Readathon pack every time you want to run a school Readathon - we don't automatically send you one if you ran one last year. This is to make sure you get the right quantity of materials for your current pupil roll and also to avoid potential waste. That in turn helps us donate more money to the children's charities that you help us to fund!
To order your Readathon pack for this year, please click here.
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20 June 2012 at 09:41
Readathon founder Brough Girling visited a truly superb school in Northern Ireland last week and treated the pupils to a visit from multi-talented author Daniel Blythe.
"St Patrick's Grammar School in Downpatrick has donated a phenomenal amount to Readathon over the years and we wanted to acknowledge the support of both their staff and their pupils with a celebration," said Brough.
Daniel Blythe filled the children's heads with fast-paced tales, while Brough filled the teachers' stomachs with cake!
Rory, a Year 8 pupil, thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon: ‘We read the first chapter of ‘Shadow Runners’ in class before Daniel came and it seems really good. Now that I have my own signed copy, I can’t wait to read it over the summer!’
Gina Savage, Head of English at the school enthused: "Reading for pleasure is very much embedded in the culture of the St Patrick’s. All junior pupils have time in their weekly timetabled classes dedicated to this pastime. It encourages the boys to see reading as a leisure activity – something on the same level as football or soccer - something that is not just educational but also enjoyable."
Brough was especially impressed that each year St Patrick’s trains twenty Year 13 students to work as Reading Partners and Reading Champions in local primary schools to promote positive reading habits and improve literacy with the children in the community. "This is a fabulously creative investment," he said.
Pictured here are author Daniel Blythe (seated centre), Readathon founder Brough Girling (far left), Vice Principal Ray McConville, Head of English Gina Savage, with St Patrick's pupils Eoin, Aidan and Joseph.
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11 June 2012 at 11:35
Year 7 girls at Talboth Heath School, Bournemouth, completed a spectacularly successful Readathon last term, reading 230 books between their two classes and raising over £900.
The English Department added extra impetus to the school's Readathon by awarding prizes for the best achievers in terms of fundraising, reading the most books, and literary merit. The school also gave a special thank you to the girls' parents for their continued support with fundraising and promoting reading in school and at home.
We'd like to add to that a huge thanks and congratulations to everyone who took part - including the English Department who organised it and motivated everyone so effectively! What a team!
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26 January 2012 at 10:09
The Spring 2012 issue of PTA-UK magazine highlights Readathon as an ideal, easy-to-run project for PTAs.
Some of the Readathon offce team are PTA members for their children's schools, so we know just how valuable these organisations are!
Although most schools' Readathons are run by teachers, we welcome applications from PTA volunteers who are helping to promote literacy or organising PSHE-related activities. A Readathon is also a great way to acquire new books for the school library without using the school budget or PTA funds.
Readathon is suitable for children of all ages, so whether your PTA is associated with a primary school or a secondary school, we'll be pleased to hear from you.
PTA-UK is the national charity representing over 13,600 PTAs across England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
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