Grade 2 learner starts reading club

2017-07-18 06:01
Lilah Davies from Plumstead loves reading and wants to help other children read better and with confidence through her reading club.

Lilah Davies from Plumstead loves reading and wants to help other children read better and with confidence through her reading club.

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An eight-year-old girl from Plumstead is on a mission to help other children read better and gain confidence.

Lilah Davies, a Grade 2 learner of St Anne’s Primary School, has loved reading since she was small. When she heard that the Grade 4 and 5 learners of her school were starting a book club, she was over the moon because she had always wanted to be part of a book club.

“I dropped her at the school so that she could join the club. I left her for an hour and when I came back she was sitting outside, so devastated. She was told she couldn’t join the book club because she was too young,” says her mother Michelle. “I talked to the school but they said only a certain age can join the club and if they allowed her they would have to allow every other person.

“She loves reading so much and that was a huge letdown for her.”

But the rejection gave birth to a new idea.

“She asked me: ‘Mommy, can I start my own book club at home? If I have a book club I will help other people to read out loud and just to love reading.’ I agreed and that is how she started her book club at home.

“Since we started about three months ago the club has grown so much,” explains Michelle.

For now they are meeting every first Saturday of the month. Children from all over come to the reading club.

Lilah says she is so happy that she can help other children.

“I have seen other children in class are shy to stand up and read out loud. They don’t have the confidence to read and with my book club we will help each other read better and be able to read in front of other people. I’m glad that since we started, everyone is improving their reading skills. We are making friends, which is very nice,” says Lilah.

Learning from her mother to help others, her aim is to become a doctor one day so that she can help others.

She is also taking sign language lessons so that when she becomes a doctor she can talk to deaf patients.

“I love helping other children and helping people a lot. I have seen how deaf people struggle at hospitals because no-one understands them. So I want to be that doctor who is able to help the deaf because I can do sign language.

“All that starts with reading your books, so with the book club we will become better adults and get better jobs,” she says.V Readers who want to join the reading club or have books to donate can email coolgirlslovetoread@­gmail.com.

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