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Students at a school in Wisbech are being inspired to put down their screens and start reading as part of a new initiative.

The programme, organised by the National Literacy Trust, has seen children at the Thomas Clarkson Academy on Corporation Road take time out of their day to get stuck into a good book.

The Take 10 initiative has been designed to encourage reading as an integral part of daily life and to help students learn to enjoy taking time away from screens and other distractions for a short time.

Thomas Clarkson Academy students enjoy the Take Ten initiative. Image credit: Ian Burt (52684210)
Thomas Clarkson Academy students enjoy the Take Ten initiative. Image credit: Ian Burt (52684210)

School librarian Leanne Robinson said: “Literacy is central to everything our students do, and we want to ensure they have every opportunity to enjoy reading and boost their own book collection.”

Students in year 7 were able to choose a free book from a total of 17 titles as part of this year’s Boobkbuzz event.

Thomas Clarkson Academy students enjoy the Take Ten initiative. Image credit: Ian Burt (52684208)
Thomas Clarkson Academy students enjoy the Take Ten initiative. Image credit: Ian Burt (52684208)

More than 250 novels were gifted to the year group as a result of the initiative, which is aimed at children aged from 11 to 13.

Each title was specifically chosen to encourage and engage reading, with authors including pop star Alesha Dixon, journalist Patrice Lawrence and James Campbell.

Students were also given the chance to take part in a poetry competition, with Amazon vouchers and chocolates on offer for the winners.

Thomas Clarkson Academy students enjoy the Take Ten initiative. Image credit: Ian Burt (52684220)
Thomas Clarkson Academy students enjoy the Take Ten initiative. Image credit: Ian Burt (52684220)

As Halloween approached, the youngsters were encouraged to take to take the opportunity to scare themselves over half-term by borrowing a spooky book from the school library.

165,000 schools, communities and businesses across the UK took part in the Literacy Trust’s #Take10ToRead challenge on Friday, October 8.

Thomas Clarkson Academy students enjoy the Take Ten initiative. Image credit: Ian Burt (52684227)
Thomas Clarkson Academy students enjoy the Take Ten initiative. Image credit: Ian Burt (52684227)

The challenge aimed to inspire wellbeing-boosting reading habits ahead of World Mental Health Day, which took place on Sunday, October 10.

It also hoped to encourage participants to carry on reading long after the challenge had ended.

The Literacy Trust works to improve reading, writing, speaking and listening skills in disadvantaged communities across the UK.

Thomas Clarkson Academy students enjoy the Take Ten initiative. Image credit: Ian Burt (52684210)
Thomas Clarkson Academy students enjoy the Take Ten initiative. Image credit: Ian Burt (52684210)

In 2020, the trust gifted 196,161 free books as part of their programmes and community activities.

Thomas Clarkson Academy students enjoy the Take Ten initiative. Image credit: Ian Burt (52684212)
Thomas Clarkson Academy students enjoy the Take Ten initiative. Image credit: Ian Burt (52684212)


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