Bookish boys and girls are page turners in Washington

Lucas Tregaskis, 11, front with fellow Key Stage 3 pupils at Oxclose Community School, Washington, who are taking part in a Readathon.

Lucas Tregaskis, 11, front with fellow Key Stage 3 pupils at Oxclose Community School, Washington, who are taking part in a Readathon.

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BOOKWORM pupils have been doing their bit for children in Africa.

About 400 children in Year’s Seven and Eight at Oxclose Community School, Washington, read in a big assembly to raise money for The Readathon Charity.

Since the charity was founded in 1984, children have raised millions of pounds through Readathon.

English teacher Claire Hepworth said: “The Readathon was introduced across Years Seven and Eight.

“It’s a charity to help children in Africa by going towards educational items for them, such as pens and pencils and other equipment.”

Many of the pupils taking part have been raising funds for the appeal by getting sponsored for their reading effort.

“The kids were able to take home sponsorship forms so they could get sponsored, maybe 10p, for every five pages they read,” added Ms Hepworth.

“Some already have lots of money in donations.

“We decided to have the big read where they could all read for 20 minutes together.

“It was great way of trying to raise some funds for the charity.

“For a lot of them it’s been a massive enjoyment.

“We’ve been having a big push with reading at the minute.”

Ms Hepworth said that the Readathon was part of a wider scheme to get more children getting their noses into books away from school, in their free time.

She said: “If there are children who aren’t interested in reading we are trying to get them involved.

“We want them to get reading independently, if they don’t already.

“We are also involving the primary school as well, so we are definitely raising interest all the time.”

To find out more go to www.readathon.org.

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