Local students celebrate after a fantastic term of reading

28 January 2016
Students at Central Sussex College celebrated at the Crawley Library and Sixth Form Haywards Heath library after reading an incredible 500 books and articles in 12 weeks for the Autumn Reading Challenge.

Over 160 participants signed up to take on the challenge of reading at least four different items of literature before the end of term, when the Autumn Reading Challenge was launched at the College in September.

Those who successfully completed the challenge were invited to prize presentation events at the Crawley Library and College’s Sixth Form Library, where they were able to enjoy a selection of nibbles and mingle with other keen readers before collecting their certificates.

West Susssex County Council Information Services Manager, Lesley Sim and the College’s Liaison Librarians, Sue Smith and Lesley Duncan presented the prizes at the Crawley Library event, whilst the College’s Library Manager, Debbie McCullough and Head of Studies, Angela Riddell congratulated students at the College’s Sixth Form Library.

Gemma Aldridge,18, from Lindfield, won big during the Sixth Form Library presentation, bagging the £50 Amazon voucher and the award for 'Best Kept Diary'. She commented, "I'm really happy to have won both prizes! I love reading and this is the second year that I have taken part. The challenge has been a great way for me to get into different genres of books. I just finished The Martian...I couldn't put it down!"