League in Libraries Goes National
The Vodafone Warriors and CSG are pleased to announce that for the first time, the League in Libraries community programme will be rolled out on a national scale.
This programme shows kids that ‘reading is cool’ and aims to improve the literacy levels of Primary and Intermediate level students as they put pen to paper to compose an illustrated piece of creative writing that features the Vodafone Warriors. The literacy-focused programme, in its 10th year, has traditionally catered to Auckland-based school children.
This year, the Vodafone Warriors received hundreds of entries from across the country with the two winners chosen from Kaitaia and Napier respectively.
“The stats tell us that between the ages of seven to 10, a lot of children, boys in particular, tend to give up on reading,” Vodafone Warriors community manager Petrece Kesha said. “We couldn’t be happier with the fact we are now receiving entries from across the country and that our two winners this year have come from out of Auckland for the first time. “Together with our fantastic partners in CSG we are tackling literacy issues in our community one book at a time.”
Primary school children:
Primary school children create their own Vodafone Warriors story inspired by their imagination.
Tiaki McArdle from Eskdale Primary in Napier had the winning entry with her story about an “Eggcellent Adventure” which sees Vodafone Warriors players help a mother moa save her egg from a Haast’s Eagle using their footy skills.
Intermediate school children:
Further north, James Broadwith from Kaingaroa School in Kaitaia had the winning entry in the intermediate category with his story about Pete and the Cosmic Kick. In James’ exciting tale, our protagonist teams up with the Vodafone Warriors to help save Mt Smart Stadium from a giant meteor heading directly for the team’s home base.
Winning schools receive…
- A League in Libraries hour with some of the Vodafone Warriors players.
- 2 x signed Vodafone Warriors Steeden memorabilia balls.
- A Vodafone Warriors Prize Pack.
Overall winners receive…
Both authors will also get a Vodafone Warriors jersey and a trip to Auckland later in the season where they’ll be hosted at a game. They’ll also get the chance to spend time with the illustrator who is working on turning their stories into books.
“We were so pleased that the Napier Libraries were able to host this wonderful group of school students for this fantastic event. It is wonderful to see the Warriors encouraging children to write and show their creativity,” Napier mayor Bill Dalton said.
CSG’s marketing manager Chanel Rawiri said the programme was going from strength to strength and that this year’s entries were of a particularly high calibre.
“Like the Vodafone Warriors, we want to make a difference in our community and the League in Libraries programme gives us the chance to do that,” Rawiri said.
“We have longstanding relationships with many schools through our printing and technology products and we know a programme like this is something a lot of them are keen to implement.
“We couldn’t be happier with how much League in Libraries has grown over the years and we can’t wait to see James and Tiaki’s finished books.”