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Readathon raises cash for African school kids

Youngsters at Seaton Sluice Primary School taking part in a readathon for COCO.

Youngsters at Seaton Sluice Primary School taking part in a readathon for COCO.

Pupils at a county school have taken part in a readathon to raise funds for a north east children’s charity that supports education projects in Africa.

All 160 youngsters at Seaton Sluice Primary School recently completed a sponsored fortnight of reading in aid of COCO – Comrades of Children Overseas – and to help buy books for Mpandangindo Primary School in Songea, a remote region of southern Tanzania.

Teacher Nikki Chivers said: “Our school is working hard to promote reading for pleasure, so we have been doing lots of activities to engage children in all types of reading.

“We wanted to raise more money for the school in Mpandangindo as the children are very passionate about helping them.

“Children decided on a target for how many books they could read during a two-week period, gathered sponsorship and got reading.

“They loved it, and we have managed to raise £500 for COCO in the process, which is fantastic.”

Laura Elliott, fundraising manager for COCO, added: “We are really grateful to all of the pupils at Seaton Sluice Primary who took part in the readathon.

“Their efforts mean that children in Mpandangindo Primary will have access to more books, so that they too will have the opportunity to read and learn.”

For more information about COCO and the project visit www.coco.org.uk/coco-case-study/community-libraries.

 

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