Recently we visited Rosh Pinah Primary School in London on a secret mission to award them with Â£5,000 RRP worth of books as their prize for winning Achievement for All's 100 Million Minutes Reading Challenge. On the 11th June we travelled to the school to surprise the students in their morning assembly with the books they'd won and a special appearance from Milli the Millipede, the challenge's mascot!
Image above: AFA's mascot Milli the Millipede hands Rosh Pinah Primary School's librarian Katie Presser their prize winner's certificate.
Achievement for All is a charity that works in partnership with early years settings, schools and colleges to improve outcomes for all children and young people who are vulnerable to underachievement. Their 100 Million Minutes Reading Challenge saw children in early years settings, schools, colleges, homes, libraries and community groups from all over the UK log every minute they spent reading, during the duration of the challenge. The aim was then for all the schools, colleges, parents, carers and groups taking part to beat the overall target of spending 100 million minutes reading together with the individual school, college or group who clocked the most minutes being rewarded with Â£5,000 RRP worth of books.
The students of Rosh Pinah Primary School read for a grand total of 9 million minutes, a staggering amount from these young bookworms! We were thrilled to be invited into their assembly with representatives from Achievement for All to personally deliver their new books. Students had great fun welcoming in Milli the Millipede as they were shown all the books they'd won piled high on tables at the front of their school hall.
As well as winning the Â£5,000 RRP worth of books (which we're sure these keen readers will enjoy!) the school was also treated to a special visit by one of our Book Buses and the nursery pupils were given a storybook reading by one of the Achievement for All representatives.
By supporting the 100 Million Minutes Reading Challenge we helped encourage reading and literacy for children and teenagers in the UK. Designating just ten minutes a day to reading can greatly help a child's development and the challenge really aimed to see just how much 100 million minutes of reading could help children across Britain with their literacy skills and to establish a life-long love of reading in the children taking part.
We'd like to thank Achievement for All for running this brilliant reading challenge and the staff and students of Rosh Pinah Primary School for letting us visit their wonderfully bookish school. Congrats to Rosh Pinah Primary School and to every school, college, parent and group that took part in the 100 Million Minutes Reading Challenge.