Win for Wim­mera lit­er­acy pro­grams

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News -

Anew read­ing pro­gram will be im­ple­mented across the Wim­mera re­gion to sup­port young chil­dren’s lit­er­acy devel­op­ment.

Wim­mera South­ern Mallee LLEN – Lo­cal Learn­ing and Em­ploy­ment Net­work – is es­tab­lish­ing a ‘Read to Me’ pro­gram to de­liver books to chil­dren in out-of-home care.

The pro­gram fol­lows $2000 prize­money for the net­work, included in its Com­mu­nity Group of the Year award from the 2018 Vic­to­rian Re­gional Achieve­ment and Com­mu­nity Awards.

The Read to Me pro­gram will pro­vide chil­dren with 10 ini­tial books, fol­lowed by three books ev­ery three months un­til they are six.

WSMLLEN ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Tim Shaw said the net­work an­tic­i­pates dis­tribut­ing book packs within the next two weeks.

He said the pro­gram aimed to pro­mote the im­por­tance of read­ing with young chil­dren and its im­pact on pos­i­tive lit­er­acy devel­op­ment.

“Shar­ing sto­ries, rhymes and songs daily to your chil­dren from birth es­tab­lishes a strong lan­guage and lit­er­acy foundation, which en­sures

that chil­dren are ready to learn when they start school,” he said.

“We are for­tu­nate to re­ceive such strong sup­port from our busi­ness com­mu­nity and lo­cal com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tions.

“Chil­dren who read suc­ceed and the de­liv­ery of these im­por­tant pro­grams only oc­curs through the gen­er­ous sup­port we re­ceive from our part­ners.”

The prize­money will also be used to im­prove de­liv­ery of the net­work’s ‘Let’s Read’ pro­gram.

A part­ner­ship be­tween the Mur­doch Chil­dren’s Re­search In­sti­tute, The Smith Fam­ily and LLEN helps to de­liver the Let’s Read pro­gram in each of the Hind­marsh, Hor­sham, West Wim­mera and Yar­ri­ambi­ack mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties.

The pro­gram pro­vides sup­port, books, ‘read aloud’ DVDS and re­sources to fam­i­lies.

Spon­sor Bank of Mel­bourne’s Hor­sham branch cus­tomer ser­vice spe­cial­ist Stephanie Win­field said it would do­nate chil­dren’s books for both Let’s Read and Read to Me pro­grams.

“This is a great op­por­tu­nity for the Bank of Mel­bourne to sup­port the devel­op­ment and ed­u­ca­tion of our re­gion’s chil­dren,” she said.

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