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Last Days to register for the Conference amidst a busy month, where we welcomed Paint Shoalhaven REaD

With our 6th National Conference on next week, you only have a few days to go to register. So use the links to the right, to take you straight to the registration page!

And whilst everyone is preparing for the Conference, the Aboriginal Elders in Shoalhaven NSW have been busy giving their mascot egg to the children, supported by  Mayor Amanda Findley. Children in Moree NSW are also reading with their egg and Parker Pelican in the Parks and Gardens in Adelaide has celebrated his first birthday, with a huge party of about 400 people, where there was lots of singing and families reading together in the local community park.

Elders leading reading at Paint Shoalhaven, REaD, Black and Yellow

Paint the Swan REaD’s partnership with La Salle College

Through the creative genius of La Salle teacher, Danielle Calleja, and Paint the Swan Coordinator, Fiona Lee, students from La Salle College, wrote, designed and created children’s books, which they then read with children at a recent Paint the Swan REaD event.

Danielle then presented the outcomes of this project at the Australian Literacy Educators Conference in Adelaide recently.

La Salle College is a co-educational Catholic secondary school situated in the Swan Valley, Perth. The College caters for 1400 students in Years 7 – 12.

This is a terrific example of how High School students can support the early literacy development of young children in their community.

It takes a village to raise a child.

La Salle Students with Red the Reading Mascot

Paint Admiralty House REaD

Lady Cosgrove our Patron very generously opened Admiralty House to close to 100 supporters of Paint the Town REaD for a Reception on Monday night 9th May.

Lady Cosgrove spoke of her passion for reading with children from birth, and gave examples from her own life.

Lady Cosgrove and PTTR Board members with the Reading Bug at Admiralty House
Lady Cosgrove and PTTR Board members with the Reading Bug.

Paint D’Bay REaD launches!

Paint D’Bay REaD launched in March with the arrival of the magical black egg. Queensland Minister for Science and Innovation, Leeanne Enoch, was the first to read to the egg, followed by the Chris Whiting, MP for Murrumba and then various other dignitaries, including the children!

Paint D’Day REaD is a partnership led by local residents, including the Aboriginal community Elders and families and workers,  Queensland’s First Five Forever and Communities for Children workers.

We can’t wait to see what will hatch out of the egg!Deception Bay Launch

Congratulations Paint Penrith REaD and Paint the Blue REaD

The 2016 ZEST Awards saw Paint Penrith REaD’s community champion, Graham Fitzpatrick, and Paint the Blue REaD’s 2015 REaDing Week, nominated for awards. Although they were not winners this year, Rooby Roo, the mascot from Penrith, still managed to steal the show!

Congratulations, Graham, for the amazing work you do for Paint Penrith REaD, promoting Rooby and her message in Penrith through Vintage FM, raising funds, holding business events and including Rooby in just about everything you do. And congratulations to the Blue Mountains team, led by Judith Hawkes from MOCS, for staging a 2015 Reading Week, delivering 15 events in 8 villages , coordinating 37 agencies and businesses to reach nearly 300 children.

Paint Penrith REaD's Community Champion, Graham Fitzpatrick, flanked at the ZEST Awards by Julieanne Woods and Rooby Roo.
Paint Penrith REaD’s Community Champion, Graham Fitzpatrick, flanked at the ZEST Awards by  Rooby Roo and Julieanne Woods.

Paint Shellharbour REaD launches!

Paint Shellharbour REaD launched today with two great events.

At the Mayoral Breakfast community leaders donated their favourite children’s books.

At the Children’s Launch, local children enthusiastically created leaves to add to a tree, so that it would grow strong and inviting for their mascot to live in.

For more photos of the Launches see Paint Shellharbour REaD’s Facebook page. http://on.fb.me/1TkCifd

Children listen to Shellharbour Mayor reading to them
The Mayor of Shellharbour, Cr Marianne Saliba, reads her favourite book to the children.

Lady Cosgrove becomes Patron of Paint the Town REaD

Paint the Town REaD is delighted to announce that Lady Cosgrove has become its Patron.

Lady Cosgrove, wife of His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd), invited Rhonda Brain OAM, Chair of the PTTR Board, and Barbie Bates, its Executive Director, to afternoon tea at Government House in Canberra, to celebrate the new partnership.

‘We were thrilled to meet Lady Cosgrove, and to learn that she has such a strong commitment to giving Australia’s children the best start in life,’ said Rhonda Brain after the meeting.

‘We talked about the importance of reading, talking, singing with our babies from birth, and shared photos of the little ones in our lives. We’re looking forward to seeing more photos of Grandma and Grandpa Cosgrove reading with their grandson.’

With the spread of PTTR across five States, and Lady Cosgrove’s commitment to family and children, PTTR considers her an ideal national Patron.

Lady Cosgrove reviewing the latest PTTR publication, How to feed your Baby’s Brain, in an Arabic Translation, flanked by Barbie Bates (PTTR Executive Director) and Rhonda Brain (PTTR Chair and Founder)
Lady Cosgrove reviewing the latest PTTR publication, How to feed your Baby’s Brain, in an Arabic Translation, flanked by Barbie Bates (PTTR Executive Director) and Rhonda Brain (PTTR Chair and Founder)