Guest blog from St Bernadette's Catholic Primary School, Birmingham
WE DID IT!!
In September 2020, staff in our wonderful school (St. Bernadette’s Catholic Primary School, Birmingham), had the idea of holding a sponsored reading event. We started in Year 3, who used their annual charity evert to hold a readathon in the first part of the Autumn term (Toppsta really kindly gave us reading diaries so that we could record our reading at home and introduce us to new authors – thank you Toppsta and all publishers concerned for this). The whole school then launched their sponsored reading event in the second part of the Autumn term.
We hoped that every child, in our three-form entry school, would donate a book or be sponsored at least £1. We hoped for £700 and thought £1000 would be incredible (we will keep you guessing how much we raised until the end). We were very grateful for every penny which was raised, but this event has given us more than financial gain. The memories and positive reading attitudes we witnessed were priceless and still evident today. Our community has come together in a common goal of sharing the opportunities that a book gives. We had donations from children, parents, staff, our Church community and local community.