Students reading the way

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A RAINFORD student has been helping inspire young children to get reading over the summer.

While the holidays are over, the youngsters who attend Up Holland library are returning to school fresh and ready to go.

They have been taking part in the Circus Stars Summer reading challenge 2011, a national reading scheme which encourages schoolchildren to keep reading over the summer.

Co-ordinated by The Reading Agency, it is run in 97 per cent of UK public libraries.

Around 760,000 children aged 4-11 have taken part in the scheme which includes incentives, activities and events designed to create a real buzz around children’s reading.

The challenge was to read six or more library books over the summer.

Amy Mathers, 16, who attends Wigan and Leigh college and Rebecca German, 17, who goes to Rainford Sixth Form, were strong sources of support for the youngsters at Up Holland library. They provided support and assistance with the admin of the scheme and helped with display work and preparation as well as delivery tasks for a children’s event in the library.

Regular adult volunteer Catherine Turner also assisted with children’s event. Amy said: “Giving up my own time to volunteer in Up Holland library was very enjoyable. I learned new skills and met new people. I would like to volunteer again in the near future.”

Their work received huge praise from the members of staff at the library who said their work was invaluable to the scheme and had it not been for them, it wouldn’t have ran anywhere near as smoothly.

Branch manager Noreen Martin said: “They put lots of hard work in while they were here volunteering.

“They provided the children with support and advice during the challenge and encouraged them when they needed to,

“We would have run the scheme without the girls’ help but there would have been so many things we couldn’t have done such as the displays.

“They’ve also helped with arts and crafts activities too so we’re extremely grateful to them for their help.”