IT can be hard to get a child to pick up a book, but not for the students at Neerigen Brook Primary School.
A group of 30 students read up a storm during Term 3 as part of the national MS Readathon, raising almost $2000 for the MS Society and people living with multiple sclerosis.
The effort was the best in WA and fourth best in Australia for any participating public school.
Neerigen Brook PS library officer Deborah Fearns said it had been the second year the school had been involved in the event and was excited to have bettered last year’s effort.
“Last year we had a terrific success with our wonderful staff and students raising $1769.80,” she said.
“This amount placed us in 20th place for fundraising out of all the participating schools in Australia.
“This year we raised $1972 and we placed first for government schools in WA, fourth for government schools Australia wide and 15th out of the 370 government and private schools participating.
“We are enormously proud of our students for their commitment to helping others and for their enthusiasm and love of reading.”
Year 1 student Lyla De Sousa, who was the school’s highest fundraiser, will be presented with a medal from the MS Society and the school will also receive a trophy for their table-topping efforts.