It’s that great time of year when we pick winners for the prize draws for Reading Ahead 2016/17. Congratulations to all concerned!
First prize out of 4463 entrants goes to Tracey from Crumpsall, Manchester who has won a weekend trip to London. Tracey took part in Reading Ahead at Manchester Adult Education Service (MAES) as part of the city-wide Read Manchester campaign. Tracey is pictured here receiving her certificate from her tutor Jo and Karen Warren, Curriculum Manager – Literacy, English and Dyslexia.
Tracey found out about Reading Ahead when visiting the local library with her eight-year-old niece. They both joined the library and Tracey encouraged her niece to read by helping her choose books and began reading books herself. Her niece has now signed up for the Reading Agency’s Summer Reading Challenge.
Tracey had no qualifications but decided that she would like to become a Teaching Assistant. She joined a short introductory course at the Abraham Moss Centre with Manchester Adult Education Service called ‘Making Career Choices’. The course tutor Jo regularly integrates the promotion of reading, and its benefits, into her courses and encouraged the class to read a variety of texts for Reading Ahead.
Tracey says: “Reading takes your mind off things. It takes you away from the stress of every day. It’s not just inspired me, but the whole family. I’ve got my brother reading – he’s the most un-bookworm person you would ever meet. I’ve been finding him books that he finds interesting in library, like stories about soldiers by Andy McNab."
Tracey has also helped her 21-year-old nephew get some books to read to his baby. “I have read in the Summer Reading Challenge leaflet that, if they start reading early, they can start three years ahead in the classroom."
She is now going to progress to a Level 1 Teaching Assistant’s course in September and is joining a Level 1 maths and Level 1 English course. She has also agreed to help inspire other students to take up the challenge when MAES launches Reading Ahead 2017-18 by becoming a ‘Reading Champion’.
27 July 2017