Win for Wimmera literacy programs
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.