READ TO SUCCEED CAMPAIGN
I launched my Read to Succeed Campaign in 2016, after teachers raised the difficulty of encouraging children to read throughout the summer holidays. Volunteer today and help me to continue to inspire a love for reading in our Year 4 and 5 children in North East Cambridgeshire.
My Read to Succeed Campaign aims to raise enough money to buy a new reading book for every Year 4 child in North East Cambridgeshire.
The initiative, supported by the Bishop of Ely, teachers, businesses and community groups, ensures that every Year 4 child in North East Cambridgeshire can have a new book to take home and keep before the school summer holidays. This year group being chosen because it is the age at which children often begin to read more independently.
I first ran this campaign in 2016 after a number of teachers raised the issue that many children fail to make progress in their literacy skills during the summer holiday, when they are out of school. Read to Succeed aims to help combat this. In the back of every book donated is a library token which each child can take to their local library and take part in the Reading Agency’s Summer Reading Challenge.
In 2017, libraries saw a 51% increase in children participating in the Summer Reading Challenge as a result of the scheme. Thanks to the kind donations from local businesses and the community, enough money was raised to buy 2500 books – one for every year 4 and year 5 child in the constituency.
The Summer Reading Challenge encourages children to read six books of their choice throughout the school summer holiday and once completed, children will receive a medal and a certificate at an awards ceremony. But this is not all, as part of my Read to Succeed Campaign there are also prizes on offer for the schools with the most children who complete the Summer Reading Challenge.