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Students ready for reading

Students in Echuca, Cohuna, Kyabram, Rushworth, Tongala and Rochester will visit ‘school friendly businesses’ to be read to and learn about the joy of reading from August 18 to 22.

August 15, 2014 3:11am

fPharmacist Brett Phillips with students Max Holmberg (seated) and Rhys Holmberg.


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More than 400 grade 3 and 4 school students across the district will gain a greater interest in reading as they take part in Community Reading Days for the first time later this month.

The concept was introduced after a partnership was agreed between Campaspe Shire and Gannawarra Shire Council’s library services, the Campaspe Cohuna Local Learning and Employment Network and local schools and businesses.

Students in Echuca, Cohuna, Kyabram, Rushworth, Tongala and Rochester will visit ‘school friendly businesses’ to be read to and learn about the joy of reading from August 18 to 22.

‘‘Our role here is assisting young people to get through school successfully and literacy starts with enjoyment from reading at an early age,’’ CCLLEN partnership broker Bev Werner said.

‘‘We thought it would be something nice to do in the public given we have a partnership between local businesses and our schools.’’

Targeted to coincide with Children’s Book Week and National Reading Hour, many primary schools were keen to be involved, Ms Werner said.

The children will rotate around four businesses in small groups and an employee will read to the groups of children.

‘‘So the kids will have four books read to them around town and they will then end up back at their local library, where they will complete an activity to finish the day,’’ she said.

Ms Werner said everyone was excited about the program.

‘‘It’s been win-win all round,’’ she said.

‘‘The community loves it, the schools love it and the kids have fun.

‘‘The shire and ourselves are very pleased.’’

Campaspe Shire library services manager Jenny Mustey said the events were a great example of organisations working together for a common purpose.

Businesses will read titles from the shortlist for the Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Awards.

Rochester Primary School and St Joseph’s Primary will take part in the program on Friday, August 22, which involves Chemmart Chemist, Majors IGA, Sportspower and Rochester Community House.

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