Pupils at a Rotherhithe secondary are pledging to read as many books as they can to raise money for charity.
Children at Bacon’s College, on Timber Pond Road, are pledging to read as many books as they can by February 25, to raise money for the national literacy charity, Read for Good.
The national charity provides books for sick children on hospital ward as well as working with schools to support children’s reading.
The pupil who reads the most amount of books during the sponsored Readathon will win a Kindle.
Irma, a Year 7 student, said the Readathon was “great” saying that “it’s really motivating me to read more and I love raising money for good causes.”
“I’m really excited and I’m trying to read as many books as I can! My goal is to read 25 books,” said Mehmet, a fellow Year 7 student at the school.
Although the challenge is aimed at Year 7 and 8 students, others in the school are also taking part to raise money for charity.
The school’s librarian, Amy Lloyd, said it had been brilliant to see pupils energised by the competition.
She said: “I have been pleased to see so many students taking advantage of our library already this month during their break and lunchtimes and after school, demonstrating their commitment to the competition.”
James Wilson, the school principal, added: “We are proud to deliver an education with character at our school – we want to bring learning alive for our students and help them set positive habits for life, including reading for pleasure.”
Other plans ahead of World Book Day on March 1st include visits from authors, a journalism workshop and a ‘Battle of the Books’ event for staff and students.