Fundraising by reading
On Wednesday 6 March (BBC Young Reporter Day) and Thursday 7 March (World Book Day) 2019 84 pupils at Cirencester Deer Park School took part in our 5th Readathon. This popular annual sponsored read raises money for the charity Read for Good and this year's participants spent either two hours (Year 7) or the whole day (Years 8, 9 and 10) off timetable and reading for fun in the PLC, our school library. Our Librarians were on hand with advice and words of encouragement, and welcome supplies of hot chocolate and biscuits!
The money raised for Read for Good brings the power of stories to children in hospital via mobile bookcases and resident storytellers, and Deer Park also benefits with a book voucher worth 20% of the total raised.
Elodie (9LI): "This was my 3rd Readathon and it was as amazing and great as ever. It was fun and is a really great way to raise money, as well as giving me time to increase my literacy skills by reading lots. Overall, the Readathon was wonderful."
Freya (8LI): "Today I managed to read two books. I feel proud about doing Readathon because I know how much it will help children in hospital. It has been a lovely experience that I would definitely do again."
Year 7: "I have broken a personal record for my longest time reading."
Abigail (8DO): "A calm and meditating atmosphere, surrounded by friends but immersed in another world."
Isla (8TU): "Today i have felt really relaxed, reading books all day. To add to my feeling of calm, I feel happy because i am doing this for books and storytellers in children's hospitals. I enjoyed having hot chocolate and biscuits in breaks. I have loved the whole experience, and am looking forward to taking part again in Year 9."
Year 7: "At first it was challenging to concentrate, but by the end I felt confident reading silently for a long period of time."
Megan (9Ni): "I have had a fantastic and relaxing day of reading - the best part is that I am doing this for a good cause."
Year 9: "Readathon 2019 was a fun experience! It gave us the opportunity to read all day for a good cause: raising money for books for children in hospital. Plus, we were supplied with hot chocolate and biscuits to keep us going! I recommend this to anyone who loves reading, or who wants to help a great cause."
Kate (8DU): "The Readathon was an amazing experience where were could read whatever we wanted alongside our friends."
Charlotte (8LI): "I have really enjoyed the Readathon - the atmosphere was incredible, filled with relaxation and calm. The staff are brilliant, happy to help and sort out any problems. A truely wonderful day - in fact, one that i won't forget."
Reading for pleasure is more likely to determine whether a child does well at school than their social or economic background and we encourage all our pupils to read for at least 20 minutes each day. Sometimes it can be a challenge to find time or a quiet space to read, but we would encourage everyone, of any age, to persevere. You can see a report from our BBC Young Reporters who interviewed some of our participants
Our Librarians Mrs Bond and Mrs Hill commented that this year's Readathons were a huge success. "All the pupils took it very seriously and we are hoping to raise a good overall total once again. Well done everyone!" Our readers should be really proud of their fundraising which will help other young people and will also benefit our pupils as the PLC will receive new books.
Pupils need to remember to return their sponsorship money by Friday 22 March 2019.