Tameside children step up for reading challenge

MORE than a thousand young bookworms across Tameside boosted their literacy skills as they stepped up to the Summer Reading Challenge.

The target was to read six library books over the summer holiday – something that 1,414 children have so far managed to achieve.

Having collected stickers and rewards along the way, they now qualify for a medal. Those who go to school in Tameside and finished the challenge by September 16 will also receive a certificate in an assembly.

Organised by Tameside Libraries in partnership with the Reading Agency, the challenge was entitled ‘Ready, Set, Read!’ and had a sports and games theme.

Children could take part at all the borough’s libraries, as well as at some of Active Tameside’s Fuel4Fun summer camps.

The feedback received by Tameside Libraries has been overwhelmingly positive, with some children saying the challenge has encouraged them to read even more and some parents even enjoyed it.

Councillor Sangita Patel, Tameside Council’s assistant executive member for culture, heritage and digital inclusion, said: “Reading is such a great thing to do on so many levels. It gives us knowledge, it fires our imaginations and creativity, and it helps us relax and unwind.

“This year was even better as the theme was ‘Ready, Set, Read!’ which encouraged sports and games to add a physical dimension.

“I send my congratulations to all the children and schools that have taken part. Hopefully, we’ll break the 1,500 barrier by the end of the year when the challenge ends.”

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