Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Pupils Use Clay to Raise Dough and Help Others Read

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Pupils Use Clay to Raise Dough and Help Others Read

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Byline: Ruth Lawson Reporter ruth.lawson@ncjmedia.co.uk

THESE youngsters started World Book Day celebrations early with a world record-breaking challenge.

Usworth Colliery Primary School in Washington was the lead venue for a simultaneous, international clay modelling session to raise money to provide libraries, books and learning facilities for children who cannot access reading materials.

Along with schools from across the UK, schoolchildren in Turkey, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates assembled to set a new record for the largest number of people making clay models at the same time and initial results suggest they have smashed the current world record.

The event was organised by North East teacher and education speaker Shonette Bason-Wood, who wanted to mark World Book Day while raising money for the Room to Read charity.

She said: "I was amazed just how many schools from so many different places wanted to get involved and now it looks like we have a chance not just of beating the record, but smashing it. …

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