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FAQs

About the Challenge

The Premier’s Summer Reading Challenge is a reading challenge held over the summer school holidays for children from birh to Year 10.  It is not a competition, but a challenge for children to read every day, for a minimum of 15 minutes, over the 9 weeks, commencing on 2 December 2013 and ending on 31 January 2014.

Parents of children in the Challenge are invited to join their children and read everyday, for a minimum 15 minutes!

Yes. If your child is struggling, it is better to break the 15 minutes up into smaller amounts of time to keep your child’s attention and focus. Making the activity enjoyable is the key.

 

Children from birth to Year 10 (inclusive) in a Western Australian school at any time during 2013, or a home-schooled student are eligible to participate in the Premier's Summer Reading Challenge (in support of the Multiple Sclerosis Society of WA) 2013/2014.

You can register your child online and create a reading profile for them. Their profile is then used to keep track of their reading hours and sent in electronically when they have completed the Challenge.

Through encouraging children to read during their leisure time, with material that they are interested in or have chosen themselves, they are more likely to find reading enjoyable and less of a chore.

Select reading material such as a favourite activity or sport, animal or theme they like. All reading is encouraged.  It doesn’t have to be only a book, it could be a tv guide, recipe, newspaper, magazine, text messages, shopping list or signs!

Set a time to read together or choose an activity listed on this website to do together. This sets a good example to children that you are a keen reader.  Try to pick a time when the child is not tired and you have time to discuss what you have read with them afterwards.

Encourage older children to read inspirational biographies or life experiences about their favourite hero or idol.

For more great ideas and suggestions visit the Parents page.

 

Children should read what interests them. This could be a variety of books, magazines, comics and newspapers. They all count towards completing the Challenge. There are suggested reading lists on this website, and for those who would like more ideas, check out our links to other wonderful reading sites full of interesting and varied reading.

If your child is unable to read, listening to audio books or having someone read to them also counts towards completing the Challenge. Audio books are available from your local public library.

It’s easy, simply read for 15 hours between 2 December 2013 and 31 January 2014 and make sure you tick the ‘Parent Challenge’ box on your child's online registration and their printed entry form/reading log, before you send it in. You will also go into the prize draw (for parents).

You can read anything that interests you. There is a reading list of books for adults in the what to read section. You can borrow any of these books from your local library. Don’t forget there are some great ebooks available from your local library or from the web.  If you want more reading ideas, you may like to check out our links to reading sites

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Fundraising

Yes, any donation of $2 or more is tax-deductible. If you make a donation online, you will be issued with a receipt by email that can be printed off for tax purposes.

Please send us an email at [email protected] confirming your name, payment details and email address and we can re-issue you one.

Yes, email us at [email protected] and we can post one to you.  As the receipt book is a legal document this will need to be returned at the end of the challenge along with any cash payments you have received.

Yes. Send us an email at [email protected] letting us know how much you would like to fundraise and we will update your page.

If you have received cash donations there are a number of ways to get this money to us

  • Post a cheque or money order to MS Society of WA, Locked bag 2, Bentley DC 6983
  • Bring in your donations to level 2, 1133 Albany Highway, Bentley
  • Call Jenny or Chloe on 6454 3131 to make a credit card payment over the phone.