Village college starts readathon

Ellie Clark and Alice Eves are taking part in a readathon Ellie Clark and Alice Eves are taking part in a readathon

Saturday, January 25, 2014
8:35 AM

Book worms at a village college have started a three-week readathon in aid of three charities.

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The students from Melbourn Village College will be reading as many books as possible over the next three weeks to raise cash for CLIC Sargent, the children’s cancer charity; Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity, for seriously ill and disabled children; and Readwell, which provides new books and storytellers for children in hospital.

Melbourn principal Simon Holmes said: “We encourage a love of reading in our students as there is strong evidence to link reading for pleasure and literacy to academic success and happiness. Readathon enables us to have a focus on reading whilst also supporting great causes.”

n The college was this week named in the top five per cent of schools nationally for progress in English. A report from Raiseonline showed more than 90% of Melbourn students made the expected progress, compared to the national average of 69%.

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