Reading challenge opens wide world to Bilo kids
LAURA Heit loves reading - so much so she was a member of the Banana Shire Community Resource Centre (CRC) team that tied for second in the annual Capricornia Readers Cup Challenge last month in Rockhampton.
The team consisted of four year-six students, Madeline Brewer, Michael McLure, Manali Datar and Laura.
“Reading really helps us relax and takes us on a journey to places that we'll never actually get to - Camelot, ancient China, Fairy World ... the list is endless,” Laura said.
“We thought it would be a fun and exciting learning experience because we all really love reading,” she said of entering the challenge.
The Readers Cup Challenge requires participants to read six books and later answer questions about them.
The books were: Flitterwig by Edrei Cullen; Dragon Dawn by Carole Wilkinson; The Name of This Book is Secret by Pseudonymous Bosch; Treasure Fever by Andy Griffiths; Woolvs in the Sitee by Margaret Wild; and Rain May and Captain Daniel by Catherine Bateson.
“We loved that they were all so different,” Laura said of the books.
“And it gave us an opportunity to sample different writing styles that we wouldn't normally read.”
Every Tuesday, the team met at the CRC to discuss the books and test each other's knowledge of them.
Laura said they were immensely relieved when they heard they tied for second.
“We would have been disappointed if we hadn't got a place after coming so far.
“We also felt a massive sense of achievement - we felt we competed well with some older students ... it was the best feeling.”
The CRC is looking forward to submitting teams in the 2010 Readers Cup Challenge so interested students should contact the CRC for more details.