STUDENTS celebrated the gift of reading with a new addition to their own library.
The Academy at Shotton Hall in Peterlee presented a free book to each of its 250 Year 7 pupils, with the children offered a choice of title from a list of 10.
The event was part of the national BookBuzz initiative, which is a new reading programme which supports schools to encourage reading and develop a school reading culture.
The mass read, which involved teachers of all subjects, also marked the start of the school’s reading campaign, Reading rocks, which aims to promote the skill across the curriculum and inspire youngsters to read independently.
English teacher Anna Cleckner, who has championed the project, said: “We hope that the free books will help to encourage and develop students’ love of reading and we plan to continue promoting reading as much as we can across the entire school.
“Reading regularly inside and outside of class supports students’ language skills and helps them to excel in all subjects.”
Georgia Foster and Scott Dickinson, who are reading The Lifters by Joe Craig, were full of praise for their new book.
Georgia said “It’s really exciting, and I’m definitely going to finish reading it when I get home.”
Scott added: “The book is a great action book, and I think that giving everyone free books is great because it will make us all read more.”