PUPILS have helped to provide hundreds of new books at their school after taking part in a sponsored reading challenge.
St Alban’s Primary School in Havant set the challenge over the summer and asked the children to read as much as they could.
They raised a total of £788 and thanks to an extra donation from book publisher Usborne, they had £1,261 to spend on 200 new books.
Sharon James, deputy headteacher at the school, said: ‘We are having a real push on reading this year to encourage children to read.
‘We want to keep that reading habit going and to foster the love of books.
‘Our children are always keen. It really does make a difference if they can maintain reading in the holidays.
‘It encourages them to be life long readers.’