A record number of Victorian Prep to Year 10 students have embraced a challenge set by Premier John Brumby to read more books.
More than 210,000 avid bookworms across the state participated in this year’s Premier’s Reading Challenge, with more than 117,000 completing the challenge.
State Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today congratulated students on their involvement in this year’s Challenge.
Ms Tierney today visited Colac West Primary School, Colac Primary School and Winchelsea School where a total of 208 students completed the challenge.
Ms Tierney presented these students with a signed certificate from the Premier acknowledging their accomplishment.
“I’d like to congratulate all students who took up the challenge with such passion, enthusiasm and determination.
“Reading is a vital skill and opens the door to a world of new experiences, creativity and learning.
“These students are well on their way to developing a life-long love of reading.” Ms Tierney said.
The Challenge, now in its fourth year, asked all students in Years 3 to 10 to read 15 books or more by August 31.
For students in Prep, Year 1 and Year 2 the challenge was to read or ‘experience’ 30 books by August 31.