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Double challenge is one for the books

By Liz Nicholls

Youngsters will have an extra bounce in their step thanks to next week’s double challenge in anticipation of World Book Day 2019.

Children can learn how to be a librarian or storyteller or take part in other activities at KidZania London.
Children can learn how to be a librarian or storyteller or take part in other activities at KidZania London.

Pupils making an extra effort to walk to school and rack up reading minutes on Wednesday, December 5 will be in with the chance to win tickets to KidZania London.

Dubbed ‘the indoor city run by kids’, KidZania provides a choice of more than 60 role-play based activities for children to enjoy a four-hour ultra-realistic adventure.

Classes with the best or most improved figures on the contest date will be in line to win one class visit during KidZania’s World Book Day celebrations, which start on Wednesday, March 6, 2019 and run for five days.

The visit will include meeting real authors and finding out how the youngsters could work in the exciting world of publishing.

Organised by children’s educational charity the KM Charity Team, the double challenge is open to schools signed up to the home reading scheme Buster’s Book Club or green travel initiative Super Wow (Walk on Wednesday).

The schemes encourage pupils to get the most impressive number of green journeys to school or reading minutes at home each week in a bid to win a Class of the Week Trophy. Monthly inter-school challenges reward winners with tickets to leisure attractions - such as Wildwood, Diggerland, Leeds Castle, or Revolution Skatepark - or storyteller visits.

Kathy Beel, literacy co-ordinator at the KM Charity Team, said: “The winners will have an amazing time joining in the workshops and activities at KidZania’s World Book Day celebrations. We are thrilled to offer this prize and hope that pupils are even more motivated to walk to school and enjoy a good book on the challenge day.”

As well as KidZania, the KM Charity Team’s work with schools is supported by organisations including Kent Community Foundation, Golding Vision (part of Golding Homes), Rotary, Acorns Read and Grow, Crown Foundation, Orbit, Volker Highways, Three R’s Teacher Recruitment, Eurostar, Whites Transport, Ashford International Hotel, Countrystyle Recycling, Specsavers, London Borough of Bexley, Whitefriars, London Array, EduKit, and Kent, Medway, Ashford, and Maidstone Councils.

Schools still have time to register for Buster’s Book Club for 2019. Apply at www.BustersBookClub.co.uk before the end of this term.

Visit www.KmWalkToSchool.co.uk/Wow to find out about green travel services for schools.

Discover more about KidZania’s World Book Day celebrations and school events at www.KidZania.co.uk

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