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Read-a-thon 2018

Read-a-thon raises money and awareness

Primary School children have been busy reading away, at break time, lunch time, in class and at home ... raising money for ARC. This week they met the charity's inspirational founder Miss Yoshimi.

Children throughout Primary School, from Nursery to Y6, have joined in with the sponsored read-a-thon over the last 2 weeks. They have been busy reading away, at break time, lunch time, in class and at home. Every time they read a book they coloured a heart in order to collect sponsor money for their efforts. The more hearts they coloured the more money they received. Looking at the sponsor forms, I know that children asked their family at home, their friends and neighbours and even family overseas such as grandparents, aunts and uncles.

The money is going towards a charity called ARC - the always reading caravanMiss Yoshimi is the founder of the charity which provides books and builds libraries for poor communities around Thailand. Miss Yoshimi is herself blind and came to visit the children to explain how she can read through the use of touch and braille. She also taught the children how she writes using a stylus.

KG Chicks were really interested in feeling the bumps of the braille writing and they enjoyed closing their eyes and using their hands to feel different materials in the boxes. Mrs Jette
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3K were extremely inquisitive and discovered how Ms Yoshi learnt to read and write, as well as how she manages everyday activities that may seem difficult for us to do without our sight. They loved having their names written by Ms Yoshi using the slate and stylus, and enjoyed feeling the different textures in the braille books. It was a wonderful learning opportunity and we hope that Ms Yoshi will return for another visit soon! Mrs Kat
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3A really enjoyed listening to and learning from Miss Yoshi. They had so many questions for her about Braille and how she managed in her daily life. The children have really enjoyed writing messages to each other and then using their fingers to feel the letters.
They said "we liked Miss Yoshi, she told us lots of information about braille" "I want to learn more Braille so I can write to blind people. Miss Anna
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The children were extremely interested in learning about braille. They asked Ms. Yoshi many questions about using the slate and stylus and enjoyed producing their own braille for Ms. Yoshi to read! Mrs Natalie
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Reception Tigers really enjoyed their visit with Yoshi. They asked some thoughtful, interesting questions such as 'How do you get dressed?' 'How do you find your way?' 'Why do your eyes look different?' 'Can you read?' She showed them some braille books and how to write in braille using the stylus to make the bumps. We then went back to the classroom and tried to write our names using the braille dot patterns. Mrs Jo
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6L got so much out of the time they spent with Ms Yoshi- not only finding about how she reads and writes- but they also asked great questions about how she manages her daily routines. They were amazed at how quickly she could write using the slate and stylus. It proved a real challenge for them when they had their turn! One of the children in my class said: "It was interesting to know how blind people read and write and how they go about their daily routines. Amazing! Mrs Leanne
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The Kittens were very interested in touching the braille books and feeling the bumps. They asked if Miss Yoshimi could see and tried closing their eyes to see if they could read without seeing as well. Ms Emma
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Year 3J were intrigued to meet Yoshi and found her an inspiration. It was very interesting to experience what it was like without the sense of sight and we were amazed that Yoshi could speak 3 languages! We tried our own Braille writing in class and wrote a letter in Braille to say thank you. Ms Jen
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Y2L would like to say a big thank thank you to Ms Yoshi for coming in to visit us. The children really enjoyed exploring the braile books. Ms Lauren
Y2M were really interested to find out about how and why Yoshi is blind. She was very understanding and even answered some questions about ninjas! We found it fascinating testing out the white stick to see how it would be to find our way to the door without seeing. Ms Miri
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Y4J were very engaged and interested in learning about how Ms. Yoshi learnt to read and write braille. Ms Julie

We are very proud of our community’s generousity as we have raised 62,714 Baht for this very worthy cause. So a massive thank you goes to the families in St Andrews - you are amazing. We also need to say a big thank you to Miss Kiyomi who did so much to organize this event.

If you have still to collect your sponsor money, please don’t worry, bring it into school and we will make sure we add it to the total.