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Last Friday, 3rd May, saw Coláiste an Átha celebrate the gift of a book.

Under the Home School Community Liaison scheme a family reading project was launched, aimed at promoting and encouraging reading while at the same time helping to improve literacy. Each first year student was given a present of a novel called ‘Dog Lost’ by Canadian author Ingrid Lee. This short book was about a young pit bull named Cash who arrived into the life of twelve year old Mackenzie. This pair formed an unbelievable friendship and shared a love that neither had ever known before. The Home School Community Liaison officer Tracy Browne contacted Ingrid through her publishers and in turn she sent the students a very heart-warming email with pictures of the real Cash who inspired her to write the story.
The students received their ‘Dog Lost’ packs back in March where they had a number of activities to complete along the way. They celebrated all their hard work on Friday when famous storyteller Niall de Burca arrived on the doorstep to put on a show for the young reading enthusiasts and their parents.
The response to the project has been overwhelming with parents remarking that ‘anything that gets the children to read has to be good’. On the day Tracy thanked all those who had helped in any way, noting in particular that without the support of parents and guardians, the project would not have been such a success. Congratulations to all involved.