Premier's Reading Challenge participants congratulated Tue 16 October 2012 Lara Giddings Premier Download hi-res version More than 11,600 Tasmanian bookworms have completed this year's Premier's Reading Challenge. At a special event held at Hobart LINC today the Premier, Lara Giddings, presented certificates to schools that had the highest percentage of students who completed the challenge to read 10 books in 10 weeks. "More than 29,400 students from 156 Government and non-government schools, as well as home-educated students, took part in the Premier's Reading Challenge and more than 11,600 students reached or exceeded the target," Ms Giddings said. "In addition to the thousands of books that were read, Tasmanian students submitted more than 1800 online book reviews which relayed their absolute enthusiasm for reading. "I'd like to thank all of the teachers, principals and parents for encouraging students to sign up for the Premier's Reading Challenge and supporting them to complete it. "Through the Premier's Reading Challenge the Government aims to improve the reading skills of Tasmanian children and to raise parent and community awareness about the importance of reading with children. "We recognise that strong literacy and numeracy skills are vital for all students. "Encouraging a love of reading in students when they are young is an important way of improving Tasmania's literacy rates. Certificates of achievement were presented to Bicheno Primary School (North), Wilmot Primary School (North-West) and Southern Support School (South).