Blackshaw Primary School children win summer reading challenge at Breightmet Library
Breightmet Library staff dressed as pirates at the awards ceremony. From left, Samantha Standway, Ann Dwyer, Angela Bradley and Matthew Keogh
YOUNG bookworms at Blackshaw Primary School took home the summer reading challenge trophy for the second year running.
More than 50 pupils at the primary school rose to the challenge to read six books during the summer and on Saturday celebrated with a pirate-themed party at Breightmet Library.
Staff at the library donned their finest pirate attire and perfected their ‘ooh-arrrrs’ to present each young reader with a special certificate.
The youngsters even had to walk the plank as they were called up to collect their award and vouchers.
Julie Spencer, head of museum services, said: “Blackshaw Primary have done so well to have the most finishers for the second year running. It really is a fantastic achievement.
“Reading is the basic foundation for all learning but the great thing about the summer reading challenge is that it has a fun element to it. Plus we have Breightmet library which is a fantastic facility for all youngsters in the area.”
The spine-tingling theme of this year’s summer reading challenge was ‘creepy house’ which children were encouraged to explore during creative sessions at Breightmet Library. Alison Baron, headteacher at Blackshaw Primary School, said: “We are all thrilled to get the award and it’s thanks to all the effort put in by our pupils and parents over the holiday period.
“It’s essential to develop a love of reading from an early age which is why we encouraged our pupils to take part in the challenge at this fantastic library over the summer.”
Mum Helen Jackson was the only parent to complete the challenge in Bolton with her daughter Maddison, aged eight.
Miss Jackson, aged 30, from Breightmet, said: “I decided to do it with my daughter because I thought it was such a good idea.
“I chose books that I wouldn’t normally read and I really enjoyed all of them. My favourite was one called Making Rounds with Oscar. My little girl loved the challenge too because she got the book vouchers."
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