The WOW Reading Challenge, an initiative of Safer South, has drawn to a close with Rosettenville Central Primary taking the trophy. During the 5 months of the competition, students at Rosettenville Central read a total of 10,130 books! They also engaged their entire student body in the reading challenge, which saw their school competing against 8 other schools. Second place went to Mary Help of Christians, a junior primary school in Booysens, while third place was scooped by Townsview.
Suidheuwels, Crestview, Futura and Highveld Primary schools also completed the competition, while Park Senior Primary unfortunately did not. In total, learners from these South schools read a total of 22,649 books during the competition. All of the schools that completed the competition received a donation of a large box of brand-new books to bolster their school libraries.
Young people who develop a love of reading early in life are more likely to achieve good marks in school and have a positive self-image, while rejecting things such as drugs and crime. Just as sports can put a young person on a positive path and encourage discipline, so too can reading open doors, expand horizons and give young people a vision for their future that is different than their current reality. Safer South would like to thank the learners, teachers and parents of these schools for their participation in the WOW Reading Challenge, and encourage young people to make use of the libraries in their schools and communities.
Together let’s fight crime, one book at a time!