East Gore School celebrated International Literacy Day last week in style.
On Friday pupils dressed up as their favourite book character.
Principal Wendy Kitto said she wanted to motivate the pupils to read.
“I wanted to show them that they could have fun with books,” Mrs Kitto said.
“Books can take you anywhere.”
Well-known people in the district, including Gore Mayor Tracy Hicks, Hokonui radio station host Luke Howden and Eastern Southland sports activator Bodean Cowley, were invited to read stories to the pupils, Mrs Kitto said.
Mr Hicks read his grandchildren’s favourite book, The Slightly Annoying Elephant by David Walliams, she said.
“It’s good for the kids to have other people read to them,” Mrs Kitto said.
It also meant pupils could find out more about different roles within the community, she said.
“The kids know that Tracy Hicks is the mayor but not many of them know what that means.”
It was also a lot of fun for the children to dress as their favourite book character for the day, Mrs Kitto said.
“The kids have a little parade to show off their costumes.”
It also allowed the younger children to see what kind of book characters the older children were interested in, she said.
“This allows the younger kids to look up to the older ones.”
She wanted to encourage children to read for pleasure, Mrs Kitto said.
“It doesn’t matter what you read. It could be a newspaper, a magazine or a comic – as long as you are reading.”
Each class also did art and other activities based around a book, she said.
“It’s about getting them excited about reading.”