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Top Prize for Clare Students
Clare People, Tuesday, 20th May 2008
by Andrew Hamilton
First came Ireland, then came the world for the young readers at Lahinch National School. After sweeping the boards at the Irish final of the WOW Transatlantic Reading Challenge, the boys and girls from Lahinch have now claimed second place in the international competition.
Competing against schools from Canada, America and Britain, north Clare schools scored an impressive double with Furglan National School finishing in overall third place. The big international prize was won by Tancook Elementary School in Nova Scotia, Canada. The children in Tancook read an amazing 632 books per child and will this week receive the world championship banner and a cheque for $3,000 towards books for their school.
This Thursday, Mayor of Clare, Patricia McCarthy will present the school with their awards at a ceremony in the Ennistymon Courthouse Studios and Gallery. Lahinch will receive the world championship banner and a cheque for $2,000 towards books for their school, while Furglan will receive a world championship banner and a cheque for $1,000.
"Everyone here put so much into the reading challenge - it involved more or less everyone in the school from senior infants all the way up to sixth class. We are really looking forward to collecting our banner on Thursday", said Kevin Glynn, Principal of Lahinch National School. "We are doing our Micra-T reading assessments at the moment and we are hoping for good results after all the reading they have been doing. The whole thing was a real boost for everyone here".
The children of lahinch have read a phenomenal 53,696 books, an average of 466 books per child, since last October. Furglan National School also exceeded themselves, with 397 books read per child.
The final overall count, released last week, showed that more than a million books were read in total in the participating schools.