Reading record bid: Halls Head Primary

HALLS Head Primary School students and Alcoa employees will take part in a Guinness World Record attempt on October 19.

Students will participate in the Reading World Record by reading for 24 hours.

The challenge was set by international volunteer organisation Points of Light and has been incorporated into this year’s Month of Service – Alcoa’s volunteering initiative.

Read Across the Globe is a world-wide program that brings the power of volunteers together to highlight the importance of literacy.

The challenge is set to break the current Guinness World Record and reach more than 238,000 children.

Alcoa volunteers will join the global effort and read to a class of children at the school.

Halls Head Primary School acting deputy principal Bernie Lyons said children tend to switch off at a certain age and lose interest in reading.

“I believe that we need to do more to encourage them to keep on reading,” she said.