More than 1,100 primary and secondary school children across five schools in Nottinghamshire launched head-first into tales of unfortunate events, wizards and hungry caterpillars by joining forces to run a mass sponsored readathon.
Five of the Diocese of Southwell and Nottingham Multi-Academy Trust (SNMAT) schools, including St John C of E Academy in Worksop, supported the children’s literacy charity, Read for Good, with a two-week sponsored read.
Coinciding with the beginning of national Libraries Week in October, children were sponsored to read anything and everything — from comics to classics — with 20% of their sponsorship total funding books for their own school libraries. The rest is used by Read for Good to support its work bringing books and stories into all of the UK’s 30 main children’s hospitals, including the Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham.
The inaugural SNMAT Readathon culminated in a ‘Drop Everything and Read’ event on Friday 18th October, when children across all five schools simultaneously stopped and read whatever they want for however long they want.
Read for Good’s sponsored read has been running in schools since 1984, motivating millions of children to read for pleasure. SNMAT are only the second Diocese Academy chain in the country to unite its schools to run a mass readathon.
Justine Daniels, Read for Good’s chief executive, said: “Learning to love to read as a child is one of the greatest things you can do. For some children, Readathon is the spark that inspires a lifelong love of reading and for many more, it’s a fantastic way to reinforce and revitalise reading habits. Mass readathons are a brilliant opportunity to bring a community of schools together in a shared love of reading and the SNMAT schools have really embraced this in a fantastic way.”