Bangkok Prep students raise Baht 432,000 for libraries

Students at Bangkok International Preparatory and Secondary School (Bangkok Prep) raised Baht 432,000 to support two libraries – the Always Reading Caravan (ARC) and the Neilson Hays Library during the school’s annual read-a-thon event.

Founded in 2010 by Yoshimi Horiuchi, a blind bookaholic from Japan, ARC provides reading opportunities to Thai children both with and without disabilities in rural areas of the country through various activities including mobile library services. The Neilson Hays Library is a private library in Bangkok offering a wide range of fiction, non-fiction, and children’s books.

The read-a-thon’s goal was to help Bangkok Prep students read as much as possible and enjoy a variety of books. This activity not only promotes literacy among the students, but helps them to become community minded by actively supporting these two libraries. It is a fun way to encourage students to read and to introduce them to new genre of books and authors.

Last year Bangkok Prep students raised Baht 170,000 and this year, they have raised more than double that amount.

In February this year, all primary and secondary students kicked off the read-a-thon by finding sponsors to pledge a certain amount of money per book they read. The next month was spent reading and documenting every book that was read and then collecting the money.

Other related activities held during that month included book character dress up day, book sales, visit by children’s author Alan Gibbons, writing workshop, a “bookworm” quiz, and a pyjamas day to engage children in reading activities.

A total of 5,600 books were read during this school wide reading marathon. Bangkok Prep students read a total of 43,200 minutes which is equivalent to 720 hours during the 30 days.

All money raised will go directly to the two libraries.