Burnside bookworms win reading challenge
Over half take part
Over half of pupils at a Rutherglen school had their heads in books this summer - but it had nothing to do with studying.
Burnside Primary was the winner of South Lanarkshire Council’s summer reading challenge which took place over the school holiday period.
Each child who took part read at least six books of their choice during the holidays and received small incentives along the way to encourage them, including a bookbag and a medal as they clocked up their book tally.
All schools were invited to take part in this year’s summer reading challenge and the schools with the highest uptake from each area were recently invited to attend the celebration event.
In Burnside, 52 per cent of pupils took up the challenge. This dwarfed the runners-up, St Hilary’s in East Kilbride, where 28 per cent participated.
Representatives from each of the schools attended the special celebration event where they were treated to an animal anticsthemed performance from South Lanarkshire Leisure and Culture’s very own children’s assistants and a performance from Macastory as well as receiving their school award.
Chair of the South Lanarkshire Leisure and Culture board, Councillor David Watson, presented the awards.
He said: “It is fantastic that so many pupils got involved with the summer reading challenge.
“Unfortunately the weather wasn’t always great during the school holidays so I’m delighted that children were able to put their time to good use and get in the habit of reading for pleasure.
“Each and every pupil who took part should be congratulated but Burnside Primary School deserves to win this year’s cup for their outstanding efforts as over half the school participated. Well done all.”
Book worms Burnside pupils Fraser Welsh and Molly Hanratty pick up the award from South Lanarkshire Council’s Davie Watson