King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Boys is taking its pupils on yet another reading adventure as it launches its 25th Readathon on 21st October 2019. The school is one of the most dedicated supporters of children’s literacy charity Read for Good – having raised more than £40,000 over the last two decades, as well as generations of bookworms.
Read for Good’s sponsored read has been running in schools since 1984, motivating millions of children to read for pleasure. The money raised by schools is used to bring the magic of stories to all of the UK’s major children’s hospitals through brand-new books and storyteller visits, as well as supporting school libraries.
King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Boys has taken part in 24 sponsored Readathons since 1995, most recently organised by the school’s Second in English, Joanne Parmar. She said: “Readathon really is a fantastic initiative to get our students reading for pleasure – my favourite moment of every Readathon is seeing the students so engaged with what they’re reading and the wonderful peace which this brings. Knowing the money we raise helps to support children in hospital, particularly in Birmingham Children’s Hospital, is especially rewarding for our pupils. We’re incredibly proud of what we have achieved running Readathon over the years so to be recognised for this is wonderful!”
Justine Daniels, Read for Good chief executive, said: “Thousands of schools have run our Readathon over the years but King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Boys has really embraced it in an exceptional way. The school’s commitment to Readathon has enabled the magic of stories to be brought alive for its pupils, but also for thousands of children in hospitals across the country including Birmingham Children’s Hospital. So thank you to King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Boys for reading, raising and being truly amazing!”