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Western Australia Minister for Education Peter Collier

MS Society Benefits From Summer Of Reading

Victor P Taffa

  • More than $30,000 raised for the MS Society of WA
  • 15 prize winners announced for Premier’s Summer Reading Challenge 2012-13

Thousands of children and parents who love to read have helped West Australians living with multiple sclerosis by participating in the Premier’s Summer Reading Challenge.

Education Minister Peter Collier said more than 8,400 children and parents registered for the challenge and together raised $30,203 for the Multiple Sclerosis Society of WA.

“I am really encouraged by the number of West Australians who joined the challenge and enjoyed reading over this summer’s school holidays.” Mr. Collier said.

The challenge was for children aged four to 12 to read, or be read to, for at least 15 minutes every day and their parents could also take part. To complete the challenge successfully, participants had to read for a minimum total of 17.5 hours and they could also raise funds for the Multiple Sclerosis Society of WA to support people living with MS and other neurological diseases.

“Developing a love for reading at a young age is a great boost for children’s educational prospects.” the Minister said.

“When families read together, children also get the message from their parents that reading is a worthwhile and enjoyable activity.”

MS Society chief executive officer Marcus Stafford said he was delighted with the results of the challenge.

“The money raised will enable us to continue to help West Australians with MS and their families and offer a wide range of services to all our members across WA.” Mr. Stafford said.

The top fundraisers were:

  • James Cave, 6, (of Duncraig) from Duncraig Primary School, who raised $1,465. He wins a family pass to a star-gazing session at Gingin Observatory, family pass to Scitech, a Scholastic book and a Bosko doll.
  • Christopher Argentino, 6, (of Rockingham) from Peter Carnley Anglican Community School, who raised $1,075. He wins a family pass to a star-gazing session at Gingin Observatory, a Scholastic book and a Bosko doll.
  • Erica Brown, 4, (of Kalbarri) from Kalbarri District High School, who raised $969, wins a Scholastic Books pack and a Bosko doll.

Fact File

  • Reading challenge had the space theme ‘Take me to your reader’

 

Winners in the Premier’s Summer Reading Challenge 2012-13

Kindergarten to year 3 winners:

  • Eoghan Bartlett (first prize) of Coogee Primary School wins a digital camera, portable DVD player, book voucher and a space sticker book
  • Molly Bannatee (second prize) of Swan Valley Anglican Community School wins a digital camera, portable DVD player and $25 book voucher
  • Alan Owyong (third prize) of Lake Joondalup Baptist College wins a portable DVD player and $25 book voucher
  • James Thomas (fourth prize) of Sorrento Primary School wins an ‘Uncle Milton’s Moon in My Room’ projection toy and $25 book voucher
  • Neve Fyneman (fifth prize) of Wembley Primary School wins a ‘Star Master’ star projector and $25 book voucher.

Year 4 to 7 winners:

  • Noah Blake (first prize) of St Francis Xavier Primary School wins an iPod Nano and $50 iTunes voucher
  • Lily Meyer (second prize) of Our Lady of the Cape Primary School wins a Starter Telescope and $25 book voucher
  • Holly Whalan (third prize) of Yuluma Primary School wins an eReader and 4M Night sky project kit
  • Marika Torihara (fourth prize) of Winthrop Primary School wins a Rednight Planetarium projector and $25 book voucher
  • Aaron Stanley (fifth prize) of Shelley Primary School wins a Solar Space Robot Science Kit and $25 book voucher.

Parent Challenge winners:

  • Susan Northey (first prize) of Como wins an eReader
  • Claire McGavin (second prize) of Coolbellup wins an eReader
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