Buchan pupils in Reading Challenge win

Winners of the 2nd and 3rd prizes, Emily Hammond (8) from New Pistligo and Annabelle Fulker (6) from Maud in front of the Poppy Garden the children created.
Winners of the 2nd and 3rd prizes, Emily Hammond (8) from New Pistligo and Annabelle Fulker (6) from Maud in front of the Poppy Garden the children created.

Now in the 14th year, TOTAL E&P UK LTD were once again proud sponsors of the Aberdeenshire Libraries Summer Reading Challenge, an initiative to encourage primary aged school children to read and use their imagination during the summer holidays.

This year, the theme was ‘travel through time with a good book’ which engaged the children to read about historical themes in Scotland’s history which included the centenary of WW1.

Local Aberdeenshire author Deborah Leslie kindly wrote an opening paragraph which was to inspire six year olds and under to use their imagination to draw a picture and the over six year olds to finish the story.

Winners of the second and third prizes this year were Emily Hammond (8), from New Pitsligo and Annabelle Fulker (6), from Maud respectively.

Katie Norris, Young People Services Librarian with Aberdeenshire Libraries said: “We really enjoyed witnessing the talents of Aberdeenshire’s budding artists and authors, so the judging was not easy.

“A great time was had by all, as the kids took part in the activities and award ceremony at TEP UK’s premises.

“The morning was an excellent way to round off a successful summer of reading, writing and learning.”

More than 6,400 children took part in this initiative and all entries were judged in September before TOTAL hosted the prizegiving ceremony at their UK headquarters in Altens, Aberdeen on Saturday, October 4.

Communication co-ordinator, Virginie Jégat said “TOTAL is proud of its long standing partnership with the Aberdeenshire Libraries.

“We have enjoyed seeing the challenge grow from strength to strength over the years.

“The prizegiving event at our offices was a fun filled morning of activities “which is a great way to recognise the effort made by the children.”

At the ceremony, the children were able to take part in activities such as poppy-making to encourage an understanding of remembrance and the significance of 2014 as the WW1 centenary.

Prizes for the overall winners and their lucky class mates include an all expenses paid trip to the Lady Haig Poppy Factory and Poppyscotland HQ in Edinburgh and a guided tour of the Gordon Highlanders Museum in Aberdeen.