Kids score with sporty storytime
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.