Premier's Reading Challenge

22 November 2010

A record number of students participated in the 2010 Premier's Reading Challenge.

This year 2,050 schools completed the challenge with more than 195,000 students involved - 15,000 more than in 2009.

Premier Kristina Keneally congratulated the students and urged participants to return to the challenge next year.

 "I hope this year's participants will return to the challenge next year, which is set to be bigger than ever - with more than 600 new books, a new online magazine where students, parents, teachers - and even the Premier - can discuss the books they're reading," Ms Keneally said.

"I extend my thanks to all the teachers, teacher-librarians, public librarians and parents who supported our students in their quest and dedicated their time to developing the skills of our young people."

Education minister Verity Firth said all participating students should be extremely proud of their achievements.

"I congratulate students for taking the opportunity to find enjoyment in reading and improving their literacy skills," Ms Firth said.

"This is what education is all about - providing students with experiences that will shape them as creative, inquisitive and confident adults - and it's fantastic to see how the Premier's Reading Challenge is contributing to that goal."

Premier Keneally also thanked the principal partner, Dymocks Children's Charities, supporting partner, OPSM, and media partner, The Sun-Herald, for their continued and strong support of the challenge.

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