Students Registered For Premier’s Reading Challenge 19 % Up On Last Year

Students Registered For Premier’s Reading Challenge 19 % Up On Last Year

Tasmania Premier Will Hodgman

Premier’s Reading Challenge

Victor P Taffa

A record 38, 994 students registered to take part, up 19 % on last year, Premier Will Hodgman said.

Students spanned prep to year 6, representing 222 government and non-government schools and home education across the State.

This year’s event marked the start of a 3-year partnership with the Hawthorn Football Club to highlight the importance of reading.

“We introduced new incentives to engage more students including Hawthorn football game tickets, school visits by players and book prizes, and this has clearly worked.” Premier Hodgman said.

“With the support of the Hawks we’ve been able to reach more students, and particularly boys who have historically had lower participation rates than girls.”

Number of students completing the challenge (to read 10 books in 10 weeks) also increased, to more than 15,000 almost half were boys.

More than ever before, Tasmanian students are embracing the Premier’s Reading Challenge.

“Reading is one of life’s basic building blocks and it’s great to see so many young Tasmanians taking up the challenge.” Premier Hodgman said.