Early lit­er­acy pro­gram still go­ing strong

The Advocate (Perth) - - NEWS -

HUN­DREDS of young chil­dren have taken part in a hol­i­day pro­gram aimed at im­prov­ing early child­hood lit­er­acy.

The pro­gram, Paint the Swan REaD, is in its fifth year and en­cour­ages com­mu­ni­ties and par­ents to get their chil­dren read­ing, talk­ing, singing and rhyming.

Swan Hills MLA Jessica Shaw said she was proud to see the pro­gram still run­ning.

“Books spark kids’ imag­i­na­tions and help de­velop a life­long love of learn­ing,” she said.

“My mum taught me to read be­fore I went to school (and) her hard work com­pletely changed my fu­ture.

“Early child­hood lit­er­acy is ab­so­lutely cru­cial to our kids’ long-term ed­u­ca­tional suc­cess.”

City of Swan Mayor Mick Wain­wright opened the event and con­trib­uted $5000 on be­half of the City to as­sist the pro­gram.

He said it was im­por­tant for young peo­ple to de­velop a love of read­ing.

“It was great to see such a sig­nif­i­cant turnout at the fes­ti­val,” he said.

“Be­ing able to read gives young peo­ple a chance to visit other places, learn about new cul­tures, and also plays such a cru­cial role in learn­ing.

“I loved read­ing from an early age and I hope that today’s chil­dren can share that same value.”

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