Reading champs receive their reward

Published Tuesday, 10th September 2019

Young bookworms in Hartlepool have received special praise after reaching a personal reading milestone.

Children aged four to 11 from across the town were invited to take part in a Summer Reading Challenge at the town’s community hubs and libraries to increase youngsters’ interest in books and boost their literacy.

The challenge was to read six books of their choice over the summer and was backed by activities at all the venues, plus children taking part in the challenge also received a healthy snack and drink through Hartlepool Borough Council’s ‘Filling The Holiday Gap’ scheme.

Each time they finished a book, the children received a special treat and everyone who completed the challenge is being given a medal and certificate – presentation ceremonies have been taking place at venues across the town.

Summer Reading Challenge

Some of the Summer Reading Challenge champions, pictured with Councillor James Brewer at Community Hub Central following one of the medal presentations

This year’s challenge was called ‘Space Chase’, inspired by the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing.

Councillor James Brewer, Vice-Chair of Hartlepool Borough Council’s Adult and Community-Based Services Committee – who has been presenting a number of the medals and certificates - said: “Very well done all our Summer Reading Challenge champions – we’re very proud of you!

“I would also like to pay tribute to the parents, carers, library and hub staff and library volunteers who have encouraged the children and helped them to achieve this fantastic result.

“As well as being lots of fun, the Challenge helps children to maintain their reading over the summer break and completing it increases their confidence and self-esteem.”