Cork schools welcome initiative to get students to put aside the computer screen and pick up a book

Cork schools welcome initiative to get students to put aside the computer screen and pick up a book
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Schools across Cork have been encouraging students to register for this year’s Drop Everything and Read (DEAR) initiative.

The DEAR initiative is aimed at students who remain at home from school during the current Covid-19 pandemic.

DEAR encourages students to take 20 minutes out of their day to pick up a book and immerse themselves in it.

North Presentation Secondary School for girls in Farranree, St Colman's National School in Cloyne, and Ballygiblin National School are among some of the schools that have encouraged its students to take part in the initiative.

The idea behind the DEAR initiative is to promote the importance of literacy and to spread the joy of reading for pleasure by having as many people as possible read at the same time on the same day.

People are encouraged to turn off the computer screen and spend 20 minutes reading a book, magazine, newspaper, e-book, or audio book.

This year’s ambassador for the DEAR initiative, Irish writer Sarah Crossan said: “Reading is one of the only things that allows me to forget about all the things that are going on in the world.” 

The poet, author and Laureate na nÓg is inviting people to drop whatever they are doing at noon tomorrow and pick up a book for 20 minutes.

“Drop whatever else it is that you’re doing, whether you’re watching TV or on your laptop or you’re having a natter and pick up a book. You can pick up a poetry book, it could be nonfiction, it could be a comic. Drop everything and read,” she said.

Ballygiblin National School in Mitchelstown also encouraged students to join Michelle Obama’s read-along series which takes place each Monday on PBS KIDS YouTube channel.

The school suggested that students could read along to Mrs Obama’s book choice this week, The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, as part of tomorrow’s reading session.

The official time and date for DEAR Ireland is 12 noon on Friday, April 24.

Over 200,000 registered to participate in the event last year.

To register for tomorrow’s event, visit

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