An initiative to get people reading in Burgess Hill will be back in June this year. All the town’s schools have got together with the library service and the town council to put on an exciting programme of events designed to get everyone reading.
The week of events will start on Saturday 6th June with school staff handing out balloons, bookmarks, stickers, leaflets and BOOKS in the market in Burgess Hill.
Burgess Hill schools will get together for a mass ‘read in’ at St John’s Park on Thursday 11th June when staff and children will gather with blankets and books for a very public display of reading.
“We want young people in Burgess Hill to see reading as a purposeful and relevant activity and there is nothing like children seeing what other children are reading to help broaden their horizons in terms of choice of book.” Said London Meed Head teacher, Candida Reece. “The head teachers of the town’s schools get together frequently and the idea of having a collective event stemmed from there. We are hoping for good weather and a really positive reading experience for all. I am very much looking forward to seeing upwards of 250 Burgess Hill pupils gathered together to read for enjoyment.”
Other activities planned by schools include opportunities to ‘drop everything and read’, when boxes of books will be left in strategic places around schools so that even if classes are doing PE, or eating their lunch, they can still join in. Grandparents will be invited into schools to share their favourite childhood stories (or maybe even tell one) and there will be a return of the popular ‘reading throne’ – a special chair in a public place in school that must always be occupied by someone reading either silently or to a friend.
The week will be a super opportunity to get Burgess Hill talking about books and reading and schools will be running their own programme of events.