One Hundred and fifty students in the area of Colac have embraced a challenge set by Premier John Brumby to read more books.
The avid bookworms join 116,251 Victorian Prep to Year 9 students across the state who successfully completed the 2007 Premier’s Reading Challenge.
Between them they read an astonishing 3.4 million books and set another Challenge record.
State Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney congratulated the students at Colac and Colac west Primary Schools on their involvement in this year’s challenge.
“I’d like to congratulate students at the schools who took up the challenge with such passion, enthusiasm and determination,” Ms Tierney said.
“Reading is a vital skill and these students are well on their way to developing a life-long love of reading.”
The Challenge, now in its third year, asked all students in Years 3 to 9 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.
Students who completed the Challenge will receive a signed certificate from Mr Brumby.
Next year’s Challenge will be expanded to Year 10 students and more than 2100 Victorian schools will share in $1 million to buy more books for their libraries.