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Victorian students rise to the challenge

Thousands of children and young people from across Victoria have spent the past few months enjoying their favourite books as part of the Premiers’ Reading Challenge.

Victorian Minister for Education James Merlino and Victorian Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos congratulated more than 250,000 participants from 3,161 local schools, early childhood services and homes across the state.

They have read more than four million books as part of 2017’s Challenge.

To complete the Challenge, students in years three to ten needed to read 15 books or more in the six months from March to September 2017.

For students in prep, year one and year two the Challenge is to read or experience 30 books.

Children who have not yet started school are challenged to read or experience 40 books with the help of their families.

More than 8,000 children from across Victoria participated in the accompanying Premiers’ Reading Challenge For The Early Years, reading and experiencing thousands of books.

The Challenge is an important literacy initiative that encourages more children and young people to read more often.

A key Education State target is to increase the number of year five and year nine students reaching the highest levels of achievement in reading by 25 per cent – and the Challenge will help meet that goal.

Since the Premiers’ Reading Challenge began 13 years ago almost 2.5 million students and children have read more than 45 million books.

Source: Vic Government

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