Vikings Celebrate World Book Day

Vikings Celebrate World Book Day

6th March 2018

Widnes Vikings stars Chris Houston and Olly Ashall visited St Michael’s Catholic Primary School on Thursday to celebrate World Book Day.

St Michael’s are an Official Partner School of Widnes Vikings. The school has recently formed an exciting School Sport Partnership with the Club, with members of the Vikings award-winning community team supporting key projects, including their ‘Why We Read’ initiative. This programme sees the school develop a creative curriculum that encourages their children to make reading a life-long habit.

To celebrate this project, the first team stars met the pupils, discussing their favourite books and exploring the benefits of reading.

Paul Loughran, Head Teacher at St Michaels Catholic Primary School, says: “The children were very excited to share their reading books with the players and listen attentively to the stories they read. At St. Michael’s we believe reading is the key to success and we all encourage it at every opportunity.

Our World Book day was based on the book ‘The Day the Crayons Quit’ and all of the classes came dressed in a different crayon colour. It was wonderful to see everybody taking part, including our friends from the Vikings. To see the players reading to the children and sharing their thoughts about their favourite books and authors was a real inspiration to the children.

Knowing that in every walk of life, the ability to read with fluency and understanding is so important and has so many life-long learning benefits was truly demonstrated by Chris and Olly.  We sincerely thank them for giving up their time and we look forward to continuing to work with the Vikings in the months ahead.”

Chris Houston says, “It was fantastic to spend time with the children and to see their passion for reading. Reading is important for supporting the development and imaginations of children, so it was impressive to see how literacy is at the heart of education at St Michael’s. Olly and I both really enjoyed the visit and would like to thank the teachers and pupils for the warm welcome.”

Vikings Celebrate World Book Day