Encouraging a love of reading in Haywards Heath

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Students at Central Sussex College’s Sixth Form Haywards Heath have signed up for the Six Book Challenge.

The college’s event launched at the state-of-the-art library at its campus in Harlands Road saw students from different subject areas commit to reading six written works - books, short stories, articles, poems - over a four month period.

Each participant will receive a reading diary to record their progress and earn rewards after finishing each read.

All those who complete the challenge will receive a certificate and entry into a prize draw to win a magazine subscription of their choice.

Library manager Debbie McCullough said: “We are delighted that the college is taking part in this national event, which is run through libraries, colleges and workplaces around the UK.

“Our launch was a real success, and a good number of students came along to sign up and claim their free piece of cake!”

Staff ‘champions’ also encouraged students including vice principal Richard Hailstone.

Debbie added: “The idea behind taking part in the Six Book Challenge is to promote literacy and encourage a love of reading amongst young people which is so important, and we are pleased that a broad cross-section of students have signed up including many who are not confident readers, and who perhaps would normally shy away from picking up a book.

“In addition to all the staff and students who are involved, we are also very grateful to Sainsbury’s and Waterstones in Haywards Heath for donating prizes.”

Picture shows: Vice principal Richard Hailstone (centre) with students at the launch of the Six Book Challenge

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