Local school has longest record of MS Readathon participation

READING has certainly become a way of school-life in Scoil Caitlín Naofa, Chill Mhic a'Domhnaigh, which this year celebrates being the school with the longest record of participation in the country in the MS Readathon, which is facilitated on an annual basis by MS Ireland.

According to Seán Ó Catháin of Scoil Caitlín Naofa their participation in the MS Readathon this year has seen the school surpass the 20-year mark and pupils are currently busy as bees reading a number of books, as Gaeilge agus as Beárla, ar scoil agus ag a'baile.

"We came in second and third overall in our category nationally in the MS Readathon over the past couple of years and we are aiming to read more all the time," Seán said. "The MS Readathon is a wonderful initiative; it encourages the children to read and raise funds through sponsorship for those with multiple sclerosis."

"Ten per cent of the funds raised also go back into the school which helps us purchase books and supplies and the children can also earn prizes themselves through reading and fundraising," he added. "It gives them a great sense of achievement and the confidence to read for themselves which is very important."

Scoil Caitlín Naofa is currently mid-way through this year's MS Readthon which will come to an end in mid-November. Last year they raised an incredible €6,500 and anyone who would like to assist the children in their efforts can still sponsor them in the coming weeks.