Emerald hosts first children’s ‘readathon’

Teaching children to read at an early age has multiple benefits and is the key to a child’s formal academic education. With this in mind Emerald Resort & Casino hosted their first ‘readathon’ on a very apt day – Youth Day.

“In 2017, Emerald Resort & Casino sponsored mini libraries at Vukuzakhe and Batloung Primary Schools in an effort to create a culture of reading amongst children, and continuing with the reading theme, we created our very first readathon challenge,” says Tanuja Gangabishun, Marketing Executive at Emerald Resort & Casino. “There are so many advantages for children that are able to read properly. What better day to  kick start this initiative than on Youth Day!”

There are many resources that describe the benefits of reading. Advantages are numerous and include improved neurological, psychological, social and linguistic aspects in the form of a richer vocabulary, correct grammar, improved writing, better spelling and more articulate oral communication.This challenge was aimed at local schools in the Sedibeng area. Each selected school put their three best readers forward to compete in three categories, namely, Junior Primary, Senior Primary and Secondary with the top three winners of each category winning educational prizes.

Invited schools  included Vukuzakhe, Batloung, Ntsele, Mqiniswa and Makapane Primary Schools, Ramolelle, Fundulwazi and Maxeke Secondary Schools and General Smuts and Prestigious High Schools.

“Many local schools lack a lot of resources, and it’s here where we feel we can add value to a child’s future. We enthusiastically support our local community and look forward to creating an annual event where young learners will be encouraged to participate,” concludes Tanuja.

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