Clic Cancer and the Roald Dahl Foundation Cancer Charities have benefitted to the tune of £2070 thanks to the reading skills of pupils at Ellon Academy.
Every pupil in S1 and S2 was invited by their English teacher to read as many books as they liked over their two week October holiday. This was followed up by a further four weeks of reading activities at school lunchtimes and at home. In total, over 1000 books were read over the six week period!
Top fundraising class in first year was 1F1 whose pupils raised almost £300. Class 1K1 was close behind with £265 and 1S2 raised £200. Top second year class was 2C2. Everyone received book prizes which had been donated for the purpose. Several pupils received individual book prizes for the huge number of books they read or the generous amount of sponsorship they raised.
Organiser Mrs Adams said: “We try to do this activity every two years or so to encourage literacy but also to encourage pupils to be thoughtful and caring citizens. Each time we do it we think we will not raise as much as the time before - but this year the pupils have done exceptionally well. They have read so many books and raised more than we could have hoped for! Thanks to the pupils and the support they had from parents, teaching staff, sponsors and the library, the Cancer Charities will be able to help Scottish teenagers who are not as fortunate.”