GOLD STAR AWARDS

Bayside and Northern Suburbs Star - - FRONT PAGE -

YOUNG read­ers were treated like stars re­cently at spe­cial re­ward cer­e­monies held in Coun­cil li­braries.

Hun­dreds of fam­i­lies en­rolled in the Gold Star and Lit­tle Stars read­ing pro­gram of­fered at Bracken Ridge, Sandgate and Zillmere li­braries.

Since the pro­gram be­gan in 2004, around 65,000 chil­dren have reg­is­tered for the pro­grams city­wide; this year more than 9000 chil­dren par­tic­i­pated.

Deagon Ward Coun­cil­lor Jared Cas­sidy said, “The pro­gram works be­cause it in­volves chil­dren in re­cre­ational read­ing, pro­vides re­wards and in­cen­tives for per­sist­ing with the pro­gram, and be­cause it in­volves chil­dren in ac­tiv­i­ties based around read­ing.

“Read­ing can open up new worlds for chil­dren, and the pro­gram is de­signed to as­sist chil­dren in dis­cov­er­ing their own read­ing in­ter­ests.

“These pro­grams, along with reg­u­lar story time and our First 5 For­ever pro­gram are de­liv­er­ing great re­sults in boost­ing early lit­er­acy among chil­dren – and en­cour­ag­ing par­ents to read with their chil­dren.

“It was great to see so many fam­i­lies at the re­ward cer­e­monies, with par­ents, grand­par­ents and other sib­lings all com­ing to­gether to cel­e­brate read­ing,” Cr Cas­sidy said.

Chil­dren at­tend­ing the cer­e­monies re­ceived a cer­tifi­cate, medal­lion, cake and juice.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

Cr Amanda Cooper con­grat­u­lates Do­minic and Clara Gadd at the Gold Star Read­ing Club re­wards cer­e­mony at Bracken Ridge Li­brary.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

Cr Jared Cas­sidy with Zillmere res­i­dents Chris and Jessie Jef­fery and daugh­ter Ali­cia, who cel­e­brated her sec­ond year in the Lit­tle Star Read­ing pro­gram.

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