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Polam Hall School Darlington gets pupils reading for good

To encourage its pupils to read more books, Polam Hall Junior School has just completed a very successful Readathon
– the UK’s sponsored reading event designed to encourage children to read for pleasure.

Pupils rose to the challenge, reading many books and raising a fantastic £1150.50 for seriously ill children.

Their achievement also earned the school free books provided by Readathon in partnership with Scholastic Book Clubs to boost school library stocks despite increasing pressure on school budgets.

Readathon, a nationwide charity, uses the sponsorship money raised to support CLIC Sargent, Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity and ReadWell, who each do so much for seriously ill children and their families, at home and in hospital.

Polam Hall teacher Mrs Kathryn Bury said: “I recommend Readathon to any teacher or librarian who wants to get their pupils enthused about reading.  It creates a real buzz about books in the school.  I found children talking about books, sharing and swapping favourites and genuinely motivated to read.  Parents became involved in what their children were reading and shared precious time together talking about books.  Our pupils raised this amazing amount for seriously ill children.  To get all that from one activity, and then be awarded free books on top, makes Readathon a truly unique campaign.  Everybody wins”.

Brough Girling, founder of Readathon said: “The wonderful thing about schools and young people is that even in today’s economic climate, they are still eager to raise money for those less fortunate than themselves.  To say thank you for their tremendous efforts, Readathon has teamed up with scholastic Book Clubs to give Polam Hall Junior School free books.  We hope that these books will in turn inspire even more pupils to get reading – for good”

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