Grad­u­ates of lit­er­acy cen­tre

The Observer - - NEWS - Mark Zita

A GROUP of 36 stu­dents has grad­u­ated from this year’s co­hort of the Gladstone Lit­er­acy Cen­tre, a ded­i­cated in­ten­sive read­ing pro­gram for stu­dents iden­ti­fied with spe­cial learn­ing needs.

The group, which con­sists of stu­dents from Years 3-6, have made a 95 per cent im­prove­ment in their read­ing abil­i­ties since start­ing at the be­gin­ning of the year, with some stu­dents now read­ing at their age level.

School cross­ing su­per­vi­sor Lisa Jenk­ins was at the event. Her daugh­ter was part of the first co­hort at the lit­er­acy cen­tre.

“My daugh­ter ex­celled...it’s just amaz­ing,” Ms Jenk­ins said.

Be­fore at­tend­ing the lit­er­acy cen­tre, her daugh­ter was fall­ing be­hind in school due to fam­ily dif­fi­cul­ties.

Ms Jenk­ins is thank­ful for founder Chris Tan­ner’s work with the lit­er­acy cen­tre.

“You could not re­pay the man,” she said.

The cen­tre will now be in­te­grated with Gladstone South Pri­mary School.

Mr Tan­ner said the new per­ma­nent home had been wel­comed.

“Gladstone South Pri­mary School stu­dents who strug­gle with lit­er­acy are af­forded a sec­ond chance to bridge the gap and catch up with their peers,” he said.

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