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Kilmihil Rises to the Reading Challenge

Clare People, Tuesday, 22nd April 2008

A new initiative, which challenges children to read as many books as they can, has been met with great enthusiasm in Kilmihil. For the first time this year, the local national school has taken part in the readathon, which is organised by Clare County Library and is supported by An Garda Síochána.

The project is renowned across the country and the children in Kilmihil were keen to get in on the act this year. And, if they do something in Kilmihil, they like to do it well, as during a five-month spell, 100 children read no less than 6,000 books.

Although this amount was well short of the numbers recorded by children in other schools in the county, everyone in Kilmihil was well proud of their achievement, given that it was their maiden entry. School Principal, Carmel Coughlan, praised the effords of everybody involved and said every child thoroughly enjoyed the challenge. "Every book read was logged in log books. Our big aim was to ensure that each child read books relevant to his/her age", said Ms. Coughlan. "The kids got a kick out of it and we are trying to get them to keep reading", she added.

She paid tribute to the library for facilitating the project and making the books available and to teacher Yvonne Conway, who co-ordinated the initiative in the school. She was also delighted with the co-operation of local gardaí, who spoke to children about the importance of reading, during a visit to the school while the project was ongoing.

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