Category Archives: Community

Books for Babies Launch for Doonside

Paint Doonside Read, whose partners include Wentwest’s Thrive@5, Relationships Australia, Crawford Public School, Community Health’s Child and Family Nurses, Blacktown City Libraries and Dr Michael Fasher, launched their Books for Babies project this month. Nursing staff, who have received training from PTTR Ltd, and Blacktown Library about the whys and hows of reading with your baby from birth, will be sharing books and information with all new babies born in Doonside this year – and their families!

The books were purchased from generous donations by the The Funding Network and the AMP Foundation. Thank you!

And for a completely  serendipitous moment, See Me Move – the main book to be given to babies, is written by Sascha Hutchinson, a champion in one of our newest communities, Paint the Westside REaD, in Adelaide.

Dr Michael Fasher reading to Doonside’s first baby to receive a copy of See Me Move. He is ably assisted by Rooby Roo and Thrive @5’s Angela McCole.

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

Cuddle time with Puddles

11882306_1648110565459423_221849918828306408_oA lovely post from Paint Hawkesbury REaD this week ‘Had a big cuddle with Puddles while at my sewing group at North Richmond Community Centre. What a wonderful promotion to encourage children to read. Love the concept! From Grandma Joan’

Thank you for sharing Puddles!

Paint the Town REaD wins ZEST Awards

Two of our Paint the Town REaD teams, in Auburn and Penrith, took out two of the 2012 ZEST awards. These are service awards for the greater Western Sydney community sector.

The Auburn group, led by Himali Wettasinghe, won the Outstanding Project in a CALD Group/Organisation award.

The Penrith group, led by Julie Jasprizza-Laus, won the Exceptional Partnership Project award.

We were particularly pleased that that these were the only awards recognising community work benefitting young children.

To see pictures of the event, and more information, go to the ZEST website.