Read for Good
Reading and Raising: Chiltern Hills Academy launches its 26th Readathon and raises more than £15,000 for children’s charity Read for Good
Chesham’s Chiltern Hills Academy is taking its pupils on yet another reading adventure as it launches its 26th Readathon on 11 November 2019. The school is one of the most dedicated supporters of children’s literacy charity Read for Good - having taken part in its sponsored Readathon for over two decades - raising more than £15,000 as well as generations of readers.
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.
Chiltern Hills Academy has taken part in 22 sponsored Readathons since 1995, most of which have been organised by the school’s Head of English, Sue Putman. Sue said: “Readathon provides a fantastic opportunity to raise the profile of reading for pleasure across the school whilst also encouraging students to read more at home. It has become part of the fabric of our school so much so that we now have parents who took part in Readathon with us. Our students understand the real difference the availability of books can make to children in hospital which makes Read for Good such a worthwhile cause. Every year when I announce the final total of money raised there’s always a gasp of surprise and I feel so incredibly proud of our students. To be recognized for what we have achieved running Readathon over the years is a great honour!”
Justine Daniels, Read for Good chief executive, said: “Thousands of schools have run our Readathon over the years but Chiltern Hills Academy has really embraced it in an exceptional way, under Sue’s dynamic leadership. 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 all the UK’s major children’s hospitals including Royal Berkshire Hospital and Oxford’s John Radcliffe Hospital. So thank you to Chiltern Hills Academy for reading, raising and being truly amazing!”
Please contact Mrs Putman if you require more information by email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01494 782066