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Leicester Readathon

BBC Radio 1 star visits school to support Leicester City’s Readathon

The auditorium was packed to the rafters on Wednesday, with students eager to hear from children’s authors Greg James (host of BBC Radio 1’s Breakfast Show) and Chris Smith (a BBC newsreader). Greg and Chris have written a series of books following the adventures of ‘Kid Normal’ but they were also here to promote the work of Read for Good – the charity benefitting from our city-wide Readathon. We were joined by Year 5 and Year 6 students from local primary schools. Students from 7 More and 7 Clitheroe were also chosen to attend as a reward for accruing the highest ePraise totals in the year group.

The show began with a specially-composed song about Leicester, skilfully rhyming ‘spinnaker’ with ‘Lineker’ – and referencing Richard III. The audience were asked to help create new superhero characters – and, of course, a villain. Students from Inglehurst Junior School, who have been reading Kid Normal’s adventures in lessons, had their own surprise for the authors: over eighty students filed on to the stage to sing their own composition about the books’ hero. The authors were delighted, saying it made their year! It was a lovely end to the event, which was live-streamed to schools across the city. Students then had a chance to meet the authors and collect autographs before each departing with a goody bag.

The city’s Readathon concludes today, with students being asked to bring in their sponsorship money on their return to school after the half-term break. Alternatively, students can be sponsored using this online link. We receive book vouchers to the value of 20% of our sponsorship total, to spend on our school library, while the total raised will fund storytellers and infection-free, new books for children being treated in Leicester’s hospitals.

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