NEC’s Score a Book success
Last week, nearly 600 primary school students gathered at sports club Quick 1888 in Nijmegen, the Netherlands, for the festive conclusion of NEC Nijmegen‘s Score a Book Project. With the Score a Book project the club partnered with a local library club and Health Clinic with the objective of stimulating and encouraging reading among students. During the final event the NEC mascot, Bikkel, revealed the result: in total, the students read a record 11,568 books.
Promoting enjoyment in reading books was the objective of the Score a Book project which saw 11 schools from Nijmegen and the surrounding area participate. During the previous 9 weeks, the students pasted stickers (‘goals’) on a poster for each book read, both at school and at home. The students also exchanged their favourite books and their success was revealed during the final whistle ceremony which included sporting activities with a game trail to finish the programme.
By adding a sports element, both the schools and the library hope to stimulate passion in reading among the students. One example is Cyriel Frielink (who is 8 years old) from group 5 of primary school De Geldershof in Lent, where it certainly succeeded: “I thought it was a super fun project! Especially since I started reading more often. The nicest thing was the NEC match at the Goffert Stadium on March 29: that was a great reward for reading! “His mother Usha says they have started reading together on the couch more consciously because of the home assignments. She is already reading aloud every night.
The attending of the game by the project participants was down to a gesture from main sponsor De Klok Logistics. ” We have developed a clear vision together with NEC, in which we could play a significant role in Nijmegen society. If you then hear the number of books read, it can only be concluded that the project was a great success, “said Pieta Bekers, Head of HR at De Klok Logistics.