Dapto teacher's golden ticket promotion to get kids reading more

GOLDEN TICKET: Dapto High School teacher librarian Hannah Gleeson with year 7 students Connor Rickard and Taedora Beauchamp. Picture: Robert Peet
GOLDEN TICKET: Dapto High School teacher librarian Hannah Gleeson with year 7 students Connor Rickard and Taedora Beauchamp. Picture: Robert Peet

Dapto High School's new teacher librarian Hannah Gleeson has come up with a fun way to get students off their devices and reading more books.

And her Golden Ticket promotion was inspired after Ms Gleeson watched the play Charlie and Chocolate Factory in Sydney recently.

Similar to the well-known film,  librarians planted five golden tickets in books in the library. Three of the five tickets have so far been found, with the winners securing a Wonka Candy Pack.

Ms Gleeson said the promotion has been very successful in getting students borrowing and reading, with about 1200 books borrowed so far this term.

This is well up from the 700 books usually loaned out a term.

"Kids were coming in at recess and lunch to borrow a book because they wanted to win the packs so badly," she said.

"It's pleasing to see an increase in reading. Basically I'm trying to  modernise the library and make it a really efficient learning centre, where those who read succeed."

Ms Gleeson, who also teaches music at the school, said she enjoyed creating promotions that promote a love of reading.

"I want to show kids that reading can be engaging, it can be for pleasure, for leisure or for actual learning purposes," she said.

"I'm just trying to get kids to see that reading is is not necessarily a chore and it is fun. When they become avid readers, they end up improving their skills and vocabulary, and it also increases their creativity."

That's why the teacher is also running a Twitter Review Raffle promotion next school term.

"The aim is for students to borrow a book and write a review on it on Twitter. They get another raffle ticket if they tag the author and if the author responds to the tweet. The winners will get a reading bundle," Ms Gleeson added.