Read­ing chal­lenge suc­cess

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A tal­ented pupil from Bur­rel­ton Pri­mary School has won this year’s Cul­ture Perth and Kin­ross Sum­mer Read­ing Chal­lenge story com­pe­ti­tion.

Eight-year-old Joseph Beat­tie, who is in pri­mary four, im­pressed judges with his story about a noisy cat and a spi­der and won a voucher for Alan’s Pet shop in Perth.

A record one in ten five to 11-year-olds across Perth and Kin­ross signed up for the Sum­mer Read­ing Chal­lenge this year, amount­ing to 1339 chil­dren.

Those who com­pleted the chal­lenge of read­ing six li­brary books over the sum­mer holidays re­ceived a cer­tifi­cate and gold medal for their ef­forts at award cer­e­monies through­out the re­gion.

Spon­sored by Tesco Bank, the pro­gramme had an an­i­mal agent theme this year.

As kids read, they were asked to use their su­per sleuth pow­ers to sift through clues and crack a case.

They could also share, cre­ate and take part in in­ter­ac­tive games online. Other li­brary ac­tiv­i­ties in­cluded an­i­mal fun days, pet photo com­pe­ti­tions and Guide Dog ac­tiv­i­ties.

Joseph’s mum, Claire-Emma, said that he was very ex­cited to have won.

She com­mented:“He has gone from hat­ing read­ing at school to en­joy­ing shar­ing his read­ing book at home. Hav­ing won this writ­ing com­pe­ti­tion, his con­fi­dence is flow­ing.”

Cul­ture Perth and Kin­ross, the char­i­ta­ble trust re­spon­si­ble for Perth and Kin­ross li­braries, op­er­ates 13 li­braries. Morag Lind­say, head of li­braries with Cul­ture Perth and Kin­ross, said:“More than one in ten of the re­gion’s five to 11-year-olds signed up for the Sum­mer Read­ing Chal­lenge 2017, which is up 12% on last year and we’re de­lighted.”

Im­pres­sive Joseph Beat­tie (8) won the Cul­ture Perth and Kin­ross Sum­mer Read­ing Chal­lenge

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