Sum­mer read­ers re­warded as certs are pre­sented in Din­gle Li­brary

The Kerryman (Tralee Edition) - - NEWS - By JOANMAGUIRE

READ­ING pro­vides its own re­wards but, lest their ef­forts might be for­got­ten, chil­dren who pored over books dur­ing their sum­mer hol­i­days were pre­sented with cer­tifi­cates at Din­gle Li­brary on Satur­day.

The chil­dren who had joined the Sum­mer Stars/Réalt na Samhradh pro­gramme at Din­gle Li­brary were pre­sented with cer­tifi­cates by Cllr Norma Mo­ri­arty, Chair­per­son of the South & West Mu­nic­i­pal District.

Or­gan­ised as part of the ‘Right to Read’ cam­paign, the pro­gramme pro­vides a fo­cus and re­ward sys­tem to en­cour­age chil­dren to read books dur­ing their sum­mer hol­i­days. In recog­ni­tion of their ef­forts, par­tic­i­pat­ing chil­dren were pre­sented with a card which was stamped in the li­brary each time they com­pleted a book.

Broth­ers Kil­lian and Cal­lum Doyle from 3rd and 2nd Class in Scoil Iognáid Rís told The Ker­ry­man how they re­ally en­joyed read­ing books and both ex­pressed their pref­er­ence for ad­ven­ture sto­ries while ‘Hor­rid Henry’ was given favourable men­tion.

The ‘Right to Read’ Pro­gramme sup­ports lit­er­acy development through­out the coun­try and a mea­sure of its suc­cess is to be seen in a study en­com­pass­ing 50 coun­tries which found that 4th class pupils in Ire­land were only out­per­formed by stu­dents from Rus­sia and Sin­ga­pore in lit­er­acy tests. The sur­vey re­port, pub­lished last De­cem­ber, also found that the per­for­mance of Ir­ish pupils had im­proved since the pre­vi­ous study was done in 2011.

Photo by De­clan Malone

Ava Sheehy read­ing from ‘A Squash and a Squeeze’ to an en­thralled au­di­ence in Din­gle Li­brary on Satur­day, where Cllr Norma Mo­ri­arty pre­sented cer­tifi­cates to chil­dren fin­ish­ing a sum­mer read­ing pro­gramme.(From left): Ben Sheehy, Íde Ca­lan­dra, Ava Sheehy, Owen Sheehy and Oisín Ó Dúb­hda.

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