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WILBAR is an acronym for We’re Inspiring a Love of Books And Reading. This bear is the school’s reading mascot and promotes a love of reading while encouraging reading at home. Children read outside of school, have their parents record a signature in their reading record (one read per day) and accumulate these until they achieve certain milestones. Children are awarded certificates at 25, 50 and 75 reads to keep them motivated along the way until they reach the ultimate milestone: 100 reads, which awards you your WILBAR bear and a very special certificate that you receive stating that upon accepting your WILBAR bear, you are pledging that you will read to him every day.
Once children earn their WILBAR bear, they become part of a special club, where they can take part in exclusive competitions. Special ‘Golden Ticket’ prizes related to WILBAR can also be found randomly inserted into a wide range of books from our school library. Additionally, WILBAR class totals will be shared in celebration assembly, and the individual names that are called for earning their WILBAR bears, will be added to a photo gallery for all to see! WILBAR takes pride of place in school during lessons as these stay on children’s desks during reading lessons or during times within the day allocated for reading for pleasure.
The children have loved WILBAR and he is quickly becoming the face of a school that loves reading!