Kids score with sporty sto­ry­time

Grocott's Mail - - ARTSLIFE - STAFF RE­PORTER

On Thurs­day 1 Fe­bru­ary, World Read Aloud Day was cel­e­brated by the Le­bone Cen­tre and sur­round­ing schools and preschools in a big way. Some 1300 chil­dren were reached on the day with a story called 'The fi­nal minute', com­mis­sioned by Nal’ibali es­pe­cially for the oc­ca­sion and writ­ten by Zuk­iswa Wan­ner.

The story cen­tres on a soc­cer match for chil­dren, in which a young girl, Priya, scores the win­ning goal. In keep­ing with this theme, the Le­bone Cen­tre staff dressed up in soc­cer kit for the oc­ca­sion and took along props such as vu­vuze­las and whis­tles. The neigh­bour­hood was prop­erly awake af­ter that!

Adult vol­un­teers who read to the chil­dren were Le­bone Cen­tre staff, school teach­ers, Project Read vol­un­teers and a lo­cal sto­ry­teller.

Par­tic­i­pat­ing preschools in­cluded Jack & Jill, Heidi, Sun City, Lit­tle Steps, and Lit­tle Stars of Hope, while a num­ber of chil­dren at George Dick­er­son, St Mary’s and Gra­ham­stown Pri­mary also ben­e­fited. At Kingswood Ju­nior School, teach­ers read to their classes, and the Grade 7 pupils had a great time read­ing to the Prep Depart­ment learn­ers.

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