On Thursday 3rd March, Rainford High was proud to celebrate World Book Day in a truly global way. Can you imagine what it would be like to have never held a book? Sadly, that is a reality for many children in Africa. When you don’t have access to books, it’s difficult to improve your reading skills. And when you can’t read, your future is nowhere near as bright as it could be. But this World Book Day, the staff and pupils at Rainford High took part in a fundraising initiative to try and improve this situation and help spread the love of reading.
This year, we took part in Book Cycle’s ‘Send a Book to Africa’ project. We asked pupils to bring in £1 and a book that they enjoyed reading so it could be shipped to children in Ghana, where we have already done so much great volunteering work with the charity Thrive Africa. Teachers, who wore fancy dressed as famous book characters, were delighted to collect donations of over £850 and receive in excess of 2000 books! Thank you for being part of this incredible book journey!
In addition to the ‘Send a Book to Africa’ project, there were a host of fun activities taking place in school to celebrate World Book Day. In form-time, pupils thoroughly enjoyed the competitive nature of the Guess the Teacher ‘Shelfie’ quiz with 10DNL showing they really know their teachers well with their winning entry! Throughout the day, pupils also took part in the Famous Pair competition, which was like a Where’s Wally? activity, trying to find the 10 members of staff who were wearing t-shirts of famous book characters and then matching them together to make 5 famous pairs. The winners were Year 9 students Alexandra Copeland and Isabel Watkins who will be presented with their certificates and prizes in assembly this week. Well done, girls!
At lunch-time, the library was a hub of activity with a host of World Book Day activities, including: the World Book Day Bumper Book Quiz, which was organised as a treasure hunt, with questions hidden around the library; interactive quizzes online on Harry Potter, Bear Grylls and much more; art activities including create your own book mark and design a book token for the National Book Token Competition; the showing of the latest book trailers on the big screen; the creation of our Top 100 Favourite Authors Wall and, last but not least, the voting for your 2016 all-time best book, which was unanimously decided to be Harry Potter.
All pupils left the day with either a Book Cycle golden ticket, which can be exchanged for 3 books at your local Book Cycle library, and /or a £1 World Book Day token that can either be exchanged for one of the ten new and exclusive £1 World Book Day books or can be redeemed against the price of any other book. We had lots of fun celebrating World Book Day at Rainford High and we hope that the fundraising event helped raise awareness that being able to read books is a privilege that we shouldn’t take for granted and that the book vouchers encourage our pupils to read even more!