By Kayla Darcy
THE Well Read committee at Scoil Chríost Rí, Portlaoise led by transition year students and Ms Morkan aims to promote literacy and reading within the school. Members of the committee emphasise the benefits of reading, which include expanding vocabulary, gaining knowledge outside of the classroom and improving comprehension skills.
The committee carries out initiatives such as ‘book in a bag’ and ‘drop everything and read’, which mean that first and second years can read for at least 15 minutes every week. The group also does a word of the week. This helps readers to expand their word power, enabling them to use this increased vocabulary in their everyday life and schoolwork.
The committee has also chosen a book to read for those in first, second and third year called Sister missing by Sarah McKenzie, while the prescribed tome for senior students is The tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris. The books are available in the school library.
The Well Read committee plans to run events such as table quizzes and much more, promoting literacy and a love of reading for all in Scoil Chríost Rí.