Over 100 of our staff and students have just completed a national literary challenge by taking part in ‘Reading Ahead’ (formerly The Six Book Challenge), a campaign set up to encourage more people to read.
Everyone who took part received a certificate with additional prizes being handed out to participants including three lots of Amazon vouchers and a Kindle. Winners were independently drawn.
Foundation student, Laura Henry won the Kindle and said it was ‘amazing’ to win.
17 year old Gerogia Catchpole from West Mersea won some vouchers. She said, “I’ve been brought up to read. My dad told me about the project and we decided to both get involved.”
16 year old Aaron Foley is from Felixstowe. He said, “You had to read six books. It was interesting. I ended up reviewing the books I read.”
Willow Butler, 17 from Brandeston, also won vouchers. She said, “I signed up for it. You have two months to complete your reading – I read about a book a week including biographies and novels. I’m going to spend the money on more books. I was looking at some yesterday.”
Alison Baker from the learning resource centre said, “109 people took part this year. Next year we hope to get even more people involved. We will get a silver certificate from the National Reading Agency (organisers of the competition) for getting over 100 students to sign up to this. From my point of view it went well. We had a lovely ceremony where everyone involved received a certificate. It was nice to see people all happy and smiling about reading.”