Tas kicks off 2017 Read­ing Chal­lenge

The Australian Education Reporter - - NEWS: ACT/TAS -

TAS­MA­NIAN Pre­mier Will Hodg­man has is­sued a Read­ing Chal­lenge to pri­mary school chil­dren across the state. This year the Chal­lenge is team­ing up with the Hawthorn Foot­ball Club to en­gage stu­dents and to high­light the im­por­tance of im­prov­ing read­ing skills in young chil­dren.

The Pre­mier aims to reach those who may not en­joy read­ing or who are strug­gling; es­pe­cially boys, who to date have had lower par­tic­i­pa­tion rates than girls.

With the sup­port of the Hawks, the Chal­lenge in­cludes new in­cen­tives to en­cour­age kids to com­plete the Chal­lenge (to read 10 books in 10 weeks) in­clud­ing Hawthorn foot­ball game tick­ets, school vis­its by foot­ball play­ers and book prizes.

In 2016, 32,895 stu­dents took part with 13,334 com­plet­ing the Chal­lenge.

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