SHE’S a wizard with words and helps encourage children to read.
Now children’s author Ali Sparkes is set to inspire youngsters to learn beyond school hours.
The Hampshire-based author has been appointed Chancellor of Havant Children’s University.
The scheme launched last year and offers children between seven and 14 after-school learning activities such as cookery.
Each time a pupil hits a target of 30, 65 or 100 hours of learning, they receive bronze, silver and gold certificates at a graduation ceremony.
Ali said: ‘I was delighted to get involved because I am all for any initiative which encourages kids to get out and do stuff.
‘After-school activities are hugely important in personal development.
‘They help our children to grow into healthy, happy, successful adults.’