‘One nation reading together’ initiative bears fruit

With the objective of encouraging reading habit among children, the ‘One nation reading together’ initiative of the children’s book publisher Scholastic India was taken up at the Mahatma Schools in Madurai on Friday.

During the event, which is being celebrated by more than 1,000 schools across the country on Friday, the children from the participating schools spent more than 30 minutes reading for fun and doing activities that celebrate reading as a pleasurable and enriching experience.

R. Thirunavukkarasu, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Madurai City, flagged off a rally taken out by more than 500 students of Mahatma Schools on the occasion.

Addressing the inaugural function, Premalatha Panneerselvam, Senior Principal, Mahatma Group of Schools, said that they were celebrating this academic year as ‘the year of stories.’ This involved narrating stories throughout the year not only from literature but also those based on mathematics, arts and science.

Takshin Chacko, Regional Head (South) of Scholastic India, said that this annual event was being celebrated for the tenth consecutive year. For every school that took part in the initiative, Scholastic India donated 100 books to the library of a needy school. In 2011, she informed that more than 1,00,000 books were distributed to non-governmental organisations across India.

She also administered a pledge on book reading that was written for the occasion by Sahitya Akademi award winner Ruskin Bond. A. Sudhakaran, Principal, Vikaasa School, spoke.

As part of the initiative, junior students of the Mahatma Schools put up a story house, played story games and narrated colourful fantasy stories to spread the joy of reading. During the inaugural function, the students also put up a skit and other cultural performances focussed on reading.

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