Successful Readathon challenge
Earlier this year, students in Year 7 and 8 spent an enjoyable week reading as many books as they could for the ‘Read for Good’ sponsored reading challenge. The Read for Good charity raises money to provide books and stories to children in hospital, taking them on adventures beyond their hospital wards.
Harrogate Grammar School have been working with the charity for the past ten years raising money for thousands of seriously ill children, who have benefited through the work of the CLIC Sargent and Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity.
This year, students raised an amazing £2777.81 in sponsorship taking the school’s running total contributions for ‘Read for Good’ to an impressive £48,000.
Students were inspired to try out new authors and genres whilst developing their reading abilities. Students also enjoyed talking about the books they were reading and taking part in reading quizzes.
Harrogate Grammar School has challenged all its students to improve their reading ages as numerous studies show that reading changes lives: from educational outcomes and social mobility to emotional well-being. Neil Renton, Associate Headteacher, said ‘we are thrilled to see our students engaging so positively in the ‘Read for Good’ challenge and raising a tremendous sum of money for such a positive cause over a number of years. Research clearly indicates that reading for pleasure drives the development of reading age and that motivation to read is an integral element of developing the ability to read well. We commend ‘Read for Good’ for inspiring our students whilst also helping others.’
Photograph – Henry Taylor, year 8.