Thursday, 22nd December 2016
THE power of the printed word had students flocking to the library
THE power of the printed word had students flocking to the library in a project designed to inspire them to read.
About 150 Year 7s at Richmond School and Sixth Form College were offered a free reading book under the Book Buzz initiative.
For Romanian student Cristina Veidos the scheme was proving to be the ideal way to improve her reading and spoken English.
“Reading also helps me with speaking as English is not my first language,” the 13-year-old of Richmond said. “The book fair is a great idea.”
School librarian Amanda Farquhar said the scheme had been a great success and lunchtimes had seen the library packed with excited readers.
“Reading is a basic building block of education and we have a raft of programmes at school, including the on-line Accelerated Reader, Reading Matters mentoring and Book Buzz schemes for our students.
“Young people have to negotiate so many distractions, such as digital devices and computer games, so if we can engage them in a love of reading at a young age it really helps their learning.”