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OCTOBER 2017: 

A group of students  joined in a city wide celebration of reading for pleasure when they visited Wythenshawe Forum to join readers there who were taking part in the city’s Drop Everything and Read event.

The goal of the event was to prompt people to make reading a regular part of their routine.

“We were all extremely keen to take part in this event, we wanted to celebrate the enjoyment of reading and remind our students to make reading a priority activity in their lives,” explained Mrs Irena Savova, Librarian, from Saint Paul’s. “The aim of the day was to encourage and develop the students’ enjoyment of reading. Research shows that teenagers who choose to pick up a book for pleasure are more likely to succeed in life.”

“We want to encourage our students to read to relax, to escape into a book, learn through reading and be inspired by books and reading. Reading for just 10 minutes is good for you.”

Maggie Karwat, Community & Partnership Manager at The Forum, said: "We were delighted that a group of students from Saint Paul's chose to read in Forum Library during the Drop Everything and Read campaign. It was a pleasure to see the young people engrossed in their various books and clearly enjoying the experience."

Mr Alex Hren, Head Teacher, said: “We wanted to highlight the importance of reading in our school community and encourage our students to read for pleasure, By taking part in the event at The Forum, we were able to show how important we feel reading is for people of all ages and abilities. It is the perfect way to relax and to learn at the same time.”

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