Extreme reading competition launches to motivate Middlesbrough children to read more

29 Oct 2018

Allison extreme reader

Our Middlesbrough Hub and the Middlesbrough Promise are encouraging the town's residents to get caught reading in unusual places this half term.

The ‘Extreme Readers’ competition asks adults in Middlesbrough to capture photos of themselves as they read in weird and wonderful places around the town. There’s a host of fantastic prizes up for grabs for the winners, including tickets to a show at Middlesbrough Town Hall, a family ticket to Middlesbrough FC v Aston Villa FC on 1 December and a bundle of children’s books.

The Middlesbrough Promise is a new project led by the Learning Middlesbrough partnership, which builds on the work of the National Literacy Trust Hub in Middlesbrough. The Hub, known locally as Middlesbrough Reads, has made raising literacy levels in the town a priority since 2013. The Middlesbrough Promise will focus on encouraging more children to read for enjoyment, working alongside the Hub to improve the life chances of children in Middlesbrough.

Our Middlesbrough Hub Manager, Allison Potter climbed 160ft to the top of Middlesbrough's iconic Transporter Bridge, the longest transporter bridge in the world, to capture her entry to competition. She read the Middlesbrough Football Club Foundation’s new story, ‘The Bridge that George Built.’

Allison said:

“We’re delighted to be a part of this exciting competition to inspire the whole town to read for pleasure. We know that if children see parents and other adults enjoying reading, they’re more likely to pick up a book and become regular readers themselves, which can have an important impact on their success at school and in life. We can’t wait to see some fantastic entries!”

‘Extreme Readers’ entries must be submitted to schoolimprovement@middlesbrough.gov.uk by Monday 5 November.

All entries will be made into baubles to decorate the Middlesbrough Council town centre Christmas tree.

Find out more about Middlesbrough Reads.

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