Children from the Filton area have been rewarded with medals and certificates for successfully completing the Summer Reading Challenge 2015.
The chair of South Gloucestershire Council, Cllr Erica Williams, attended a ceremony at Filton Library to present the children with their awards. The group represented more than 6,700 children in South Gloucestershire who have taken part in this year’s event at libraries throughout the district.
Cllr Williams said:
“The Summer Reading Challenge is a fantastic program which makes reading fun and improves children’s reading range, motivation and confidence and opportunities. This year, the Record Breakers themed challenge is all about achieving your personal best and taking part in the Summer Reading Challenge gives children a great start in achieving this goal. Congratulations to all the children who have completed the challenge this year.”
The Reading Agency charity’s annual Summer Reading Challenge encouraged children aged from four to 11-years-old and their families to read six books of their choice during the summer holidays. The challenge is free to enter and took place between 11th July and 12th September.
Some of the children taking part in the challenge commented:
“I thought it was really fun and it helped me to read more books.” – Jessica, 9, Filton
“I thought Record Breakers was a great chance for me to read books and have fun coming up [to] the library and borrowing books I haven’t read before.” – Starwynne, 11, Yate
More than 70 volunteers have supported children taking part in the challenge by listening to them talk about their books and helping with the activities in the library. To recognise their contribution, a group of young volunteers from Filton and Bradley Stoke were also awarded certificates at the event.
Volunteer Livia Eichmeyer, 14, from Bradley Stoke said:
“The Record Breaker challenge was a wonderful way to assist children in discovering the joys of reading and pushing them to carry on reading and learning during the holidays. I loved listening to the variety of comments children had given about the books they had read.”
Record Breakers is part of Time4Reading, South Gloucestershire Council’s year of events to get everyone reading.
Photo: Cllr Williams with award winners at Filton Library.