King’s St. Alban’s children have been reading with a vengeance over the past couple of weeks, raising money for children’s charity, Read for Good.
Pupils across the Prep and Pre-Prep have been sponsored by their mums, dads, grandparents, aunts and uncles to read as many chapters or books as they can in seven days. They have certainly risen to the challenge! Even homework time has been devoted to reading, so as to raise as much money as possible.
Read for Good’s Readathon aims to get children reading to raise money for children in hospital. All sponsorship raised is used to purchase new, germ-free books. The books are then taken into hospitals so that very sick children can have something to read, thus providing a welcome distraction both from boredom and apprehension. Professional storytellers also visit the hospitals, all paid for out of the sponsor money.
Reading at King’s St Alban’s has long been strong, with staff inculcating a love for reading in our pupils from an early age. Pupils are always keen to visit and spend time in both our Pre-Prep and Prep libraries, which are bursting with vast numbers of books covering a wide range of factual and fiction texts. Therefore it is not surprising that the whole idea of this money-raising enterprise has grabbed the children’s imaginations, and the resulting momentum should in our experience lead to improved reading habits across the school.
We have been raising money for Read for Good since 2005. This year, we should easily surpass £30,000, an incredible total. Well done and thank you to parents and children, past and present.