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SHKP Reading Club running Read & Share programme in local primary and secondary schools

2017-02-21

Sun Hung Kai Properties Limited’s SHKP Reading Club is committed to promoting reading and holistic development in the community and creating happy-reading atmosphere in schools. The Club is working with the Hong Kong Aided Primary School Heads Association to present a Read & Share programme in 80 schools over the 2016/17 academic year with a variety of activities to show students the fun of reading and encourage them involve family and friends.

In this academic year, the theme for Read & Share is ‘children’s poetry’ and the Club has enlisted former Fresh Fish Traders’ School principal Leung Kee-cheong, the Arts with the Disabled Association’s ADA Angel Apple Tong, veteran social worker, psychology tutor and writer Annie Chiang, raconteur Cheung Mil-mil and past Young Writers’ Debut Competition (YWDC) winners Matthew Cheng, Tong Yui, Fontane Yiu, Suki Yu, Kary Kwan, Amy Chan and Vivien Yuen to visit participating schools. These VIP members of the Club will lead primary and secondary students to the world of books in a lively, interesting way.

Read & Share has run 52 activities to date, reaching over 15,000 students. Activities over the current academic year include creative workshops led by poets and illustrators to teach students and encourage them to create, and 60 Minute Chit-chats with writers and book lovers in different fields talking about their creative experience and work to inspire students. One chit-chat had third YWDC winner Suki Yu, who suffered from systemic lupus, encouraging students to persevere in the face of challenges.

To teach local students more about the world, the Club invited overseas students from AFS Intercultural Exchanges as part of Read & Share to introduce their cultures and recommend books.  Italian secondary students Arianna Manavella and Danilo Battezzato visited Yuen Long Kwong Ming Ying Loi School and spoke with local students, who were deeply engaged in their interesting sharing.

Read & Share also provides mobile bookshelves stocked with books recommended by celebrities and winning YWDC entries for students and teachers, and runs a guided cultural tour for teachers to encourage them to visit the settings of books with their classes. Meanwhile, the programme incentivizes students who stand out at activities as well as teachers and schools that promote reading through quarterly and year-end awards.  All schools in Hong Kong are welcome to participate in future Read & Share programmes to promote learning through reading. See the Club’s Facebook (www.facebook.com/shkpreadingclub) and website (www.shkpreadingclub.com) for more information.

About the SHKP Reading Club

Sun Hung Kai Properties Limited believes in Building Homes with Heart and promotes reading and holistic development.  It set up the SHKP Reading Club in 2013 to consolidate its reading-related initiatives.  The Club organizes events like seminars with leading speakers and guided cultural tours to inspire more people to enjoy reading and make it a habit. Anyone interested can join for free at www.shkpreadingclub.com.

Past YWDC winner Fontane Yiu (front, first right) taught poetry writing and appreciation to stir students’ imagination
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Past YWDC winner Fontane Yiu (front, first right) taught poetry writing and appreciation to stir students’ imagination
Past YWDC winner Suki Yu told of her struggle with illness and writing and encouraged students to be brave
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Past YWDC winner Suki Yu told of her struggle with illness and writing and encouraged students to be brave
Italian students Arianna (right) and Danilo (left) talking to local primary students in Read & Share
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Italian students Arianna (right) and Danilo (left) talking to local primary students in Read & Share

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