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Children graduate from newly set-up reading club

Children graduate from newly set-up reading club

by Tom Martin (September 2021)

A GRADUATION was held for youngsters who have taken part in the first ever summer reading club at Aintree Community Centre.

Certificates of achievements were handed out by Cabinet Member for Education Cllr Diane Roscoe and a signed copy of Against the Odds, by local author Megan Crawford, was given to the children by Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing Cllr Ian Moncur.

Supported by Sefton Library and Sefton Youth service along with volunteers and local businesses, the theme to ‘Keep Reading in Summer 2021’ was certainly understood and delivered.

Molyneux Ward Labour Councillors Marion Atkinson and Paula Murphy celebrated the success of the reading club.

Cllr Murphy said: “It’s been a very challenging time for children and parents and we wanted to ensure our children kept reading throughout the summer months in a less formal setting. We had a great time but we’re particularly struck by the amazing feedback we had from parents. One mum told me her daughter couldn’t read until she come here and now she’s sounding words and reading sentences. It really is amazing in just four weeks.”

Cllr Atkinson added: “I have to say a big thank you to my daughter Rebecca who gave her time up when she was supposed to be off for her summer break from teaching. She designed the content for the lessons, designed treasure hunts, baked cakes with recipe reading, and ensured reading was a key component of most of the things we done. Travelling from Manchester for every session I think showed her commitment. I’m a very proud mum.”

There is now hope that the club can continue next year.

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