Record number of children rise to this year’s Summer Reading Challenge

There was praise for the record number of children from Merton who successfully completed the Summer Reading Challenge at a ceremony in Wimbledon Library this week.

Summer Reading Challenge awards 2013

Summer Reading Challenge awards 2013

Deputy Mayor of Merton, Councillor John Sargeant, and Councillor Nick Draper congratulated the 6,312 children who entered the competition, a 49% increase from last year.  They were thrilled that 1,757 completed the “Creepy House” themed challenge in record-breaking numbers. The children were presented with certificates and prizes to mark their achievement and there was a special performance by the Polka Theatre which brought theatrical magic to the event.

The Deputy Mayor said: “Reading should be, first and foremost, a source of enjoyment for everyone. But we should recognise the dedication that the children brought to this worthwhile challenge. Congratulations to everyone who took part.”

Councillor Nick Draper, Cabinet Member for Community and Culture, said: “I’m delighted to see so many Merton children reading and taking part in this challenge. Well done to those who completed the challenge and also to those who almost made it. Children and parents, keep reading, and get involved in the range of activities on offer at Merton Libraries. Next year, the Summer Reading Challenge will be even better, and I’m looking forward to it already!”

To view more pictures of the award ceremony, visit Merton Council’s Flickr page.