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Readathon 2012

The Readathon is a national initiative to encourage reading among young people and to raise money for Roald Dahl's children's charity.

The Readathon is a national initiative to encourage reading among young people and to raise money for Roald Dahl's children's charity.

Involvement also helps the participating schools. Obviously, the students enjoy the change to their regular curriculum and most enjoy the opportunity to read or to hear stories read to them. As well as this, the organisation rewards the school with money off books, dependent on the amount they raise for charity. This year The Axholme Academy raised £182.60 and received £30.52 of free books for this.

We have always been involved in the Readathon in some way. Usually through English lessons in the past. This year though, as Literacy Coordinator, I wanted to raise the profile of reading and so committed to a whole school event. The British Summer threatened to spoil the event, as we had planned to have the Readathon immediately after a sponsored walk, and to have ice cream outside to start off the event. On the day, it was raining heavily, and so our plans were changed.

What actually happened was still a real success. We used the Sports Hall and the Diner for students to read in groups. Those who chose to listen to a member of staff read, simply joined a group of students in a classroom.

It was a frantic and fun event, and maybe next time we can bring in fancy dress too. You never know, we may even get to enjoy an ice cream at the start if the weather is kind to us.

Written by: Mrs Brameld (Literacy Coordinator)