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Read Your Way To Uganda

Students have been challenged to read 1,017,000 words to secure their place on a summer camp.

Read Your Way To Uganda was launched at CBA on World Book Day (Thursday, March 3rd) to promote reading and to raise awareness of the Academy's Uganda Appeal.

A special Uganda-themed camp will be held in the summer - complete with an African story-teller - but to win a place, students must first complete the reading challenge.

The distance from CBA to Uganda is 4,068 miles - for every 250 words students read, they will be awarded one mile to Uganda.

The amount they will have to read between now and June is equivalent to 11 books the same length as a Twilight saga novel.

Students will be monitored through the Accelerated Reader programme and will receive small prizes as they reach certain milestones, such as the distance to New York.

To promote the challenge, Assistant Librarian Bernie Smith camped outside the restaurant and collected donations.

Librarian Amy McKay will accompany Sixth Formers Connor Wilson, Chrissie Moore and Lauren Dunn     to Uganda in October.

Kirsty Farrar, Vice Principal for Aspirations, said: "The Uganda Appeal is a growing project and we wanted to find an activity that involved as many students as possible.

"The competition is open to all students of any ability.

"The camp idea came about from the Senate because Year 7s had been saying they wanted to stay over at school for an activity.

"It's also a good way to promote Accelerated Reader."

CBA is aiming to help set up a library in the Discovery Centre to help more Ugandan students continue their education.