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Schools clash in battle of reading


The battle of the readers was staged on Tuesday, February 26, 2007, when nine schools between Greiggs and Byrea in the Union Zone held their reading extravaganza at the Colonarie Resource Centre to culminate the Hats off to Reading Programme.{{more}}

Guest speaker Cleopatra Jackson, in her address to the students, noted that when you read, new friendships can develop. She stated that she has made some long lasting friendships through reading, one of which is Shakespeare who has taught her a number of things.

Jackson said that “reading is a gift and a skill” which last for a life time. She asked parents to read with their children and buys books instead of toys. She advised teachers to continue to help children, especially slow learners. She noted that if every child learns to read there won’t be any need for “adult and continuing education”.

Kay Martin- Jack, Education Officer responsible for literacy in her opening remarks told students that reading is a basic life skill and they must learn to understand and appreciate reading. “It is the corner-stone for your success” she stated.

The Lauders Primary School did a spring interlude on their adventure in Planet Grammar while the Lowmans Windward Primary School emphasized to their audience the importance of reading a book every day to enable them to be literate. Greiggs Primary School in their presentation said that reading is fun “so put down the gun and use your brain to read and retain”. (VM)