Mayor of Swindon Ray Ballman came to Bridlewood Primary school to present certificates to children who made an extra effort to read more. Bridlewood Primary school, in north Swindon, are holding a readathon offering extra prizes for reading until the start of May.
“We wanted to encourage children to read for enjoyment. Reading is a life-long skill and a joy for so many, not just something for passing tests,” said head teacher Jo Garton.
The mayor presented certificates and bookmarks to more than two hundred children who had reached their challenging reading target. The targets are tailored to the age of the children, so the youngest have to read ten times to an adult whilst older children have to read two hundred and fifty pages for each of the four stages of the readathon.
“I’m delighted to share in the children’s joy of reading, “ said Mayor of Swindon, Ray Ballman.
“Encouraging children to read can only be a good thing – I’m all for it.”
The Bridlewood Book Bonanza has an Olympic theme with the four stages representing qualification, bronze, silver and gold reading. Educators in the school are joining in too, as are many parents and even grandparents.