Crusaders win thousands of young readers
4 April 2003
Local sporting heroes have spurred Christchurch school children to read
more than 87,000 books as part of Christchurch City Libraries’ Reading
Launched by the Crusaders, the promotion has
resulted in more than 7,200 children from 122 Christchurch primary
and intermediate schools
each reading their choice of 12 Super Titles for prizes including
and book vouchers.
One lucky reader will be a Crusader for a day,
which includes joining the Crusaders at their training session
and being presented with
their own Crusaders jersey.
In some schools more than 50% of students
completed reading their 12 Super Titles during the six week Reading
Teachers have indicated that the promotion has “encouraged
traditional non-readers to become involved in reading”.
has reported “our school was buzzing with excitement
over the Reading Crusade. We had a wonderful display in our library
and children through the school were hooked into reading.”
Williams of Christchurch City Libraries, who initiated the event,
remarked that it had been gratifying to find that nearly
half of the entries had come from boys. “We know from our own experience
that it is often more difficult to attract boys to reading, so
to see so many completing twelve books indicates the influence
of sporting heroes
as role models.”
Crusaders will present prizes to Reading Crusade
winners at the Centre for the Child, ground floor, Central City
Library next Tuesday
8 April at 12.30pm.
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