Let’s be honest: Who has not thought about this sentence one time or another? Such as when you get annoyed about someone who has not read the email or WhatsApp message properly and needs another explanation.
We just skim over the newspaper article or an email, because we have no time. And all of a sudden we have skipped an important passage and understood only half of the information. The consequence is that we have to read it again or inform ourselves elsewhere. This costs time and causes frustration to the person who has written it, which we could have avoided.
But time is not the only problem. According to a 2017 PIRLS study, almost one in five pupils cannot read properly when they leave primary school. Even reading a book or a newspaper article in later life is a problem.
Since we cooperate with some regional schools ourselves, the pupils’ education is so important to us. That’s why, together with the teachers and the school head teacher, we came up with something to promote reading skills on a permanent basis.
Halfar reading backpacks for fifth graders
As part of our long-standing cooperation with the Realschule Heepen in the Bielefeld district of the same name, we have compiled four family reading backpacks last week. These backpacks were full with various books. Halfar-funded books were chosen in advance by subject teachers, with the specific aim of promoting reading literacy. Inside, there are books from which the fifth graders should read to their parents and siblings, as well as books from which the parents should read to their children. Audio books with accompanying materials are also part of the reading backpack.
Now each pupil should take the backpack home for a week to practice reading and attentive listening with his or her parents and siblings. Afterwards, everybody reports on what they have read. At the same time, the fifth graders must be able to remember what they have read or heard, in order to tell everyone about it: A great idea to promote several skills at once.
When the backpacks were officially handed over, managing director Armin Halfar had personally visited the school and gave the four backpacks to the head master Klaus Schweter. Two pupils from each of the classes 5a to 5d accepted the filled backpacks worth a total of € 500. Everyone could see how happy they were to receive the backpacks overflowing with books.
We hope everyone enjoys reading and we are sure that the campaign will lead to positive results in learning success!