Paddy of Paint Hay REaD fame, had a great day out at Hay’s NAIDOC Day, giving out books to the children about his adventures with his best friend Poppy from Paint Holroyd REaD.
Gilgandra REaDs Everywhere Around Town celebrated its 10th Anniversary this week with a celebratory dinner on Thursday night 21 May, followed by the GREAT Day on Friday. The GREAT Day celebrated the GREAT themes over the past 10 years, including REaDing – it’s Out of this World (drawing dinosaurs and learning to write their names), REaDY, Set, REaD relays, and Alison Lester’s ‘Are We There Yet?’, with huge murals of scenes across Australia. The town was a sea of red, from the main street to the preschools,schools, clubs and motels and everyone wearing red, to show that they were well read! Congratulations to the whole community of Gilgandra.
We have celebrated an inspiring Conference with 200 delegates from across Australia. Many delegates have already reported back on what they are planning and have already implemented from the Conference.
Conference highlights included a workshop for Mayors led by Wollongong’s Lord Mayor, Gordon Bradbery, inspiring keynote speakers, fun and thought provoking workshops, creative posters and many opportunities to network and share ideas and enjoy Wollongong’s warm hospitality.
Many many thanks to Paint the Gong REaD’s Conference Committee partners, led by the irrepressible Tracey Kirk-Downey, Wollongong City Council’s Children’s Services Manager, and the hardworking University of Wollongong and TAFE student volunteers.
You can now download Conference presentations from the 2015 Conference tab.
There are 9 more Paint the Ridge REaD family gatherings this year. It’s a great way to meet other parents with young children and a great way to spend a Saturday morning!
Congratulations to Paint Holroyd REaD and Paint Parra REaD (in partnership with the Parramatta Eels) who have won a Zest Award in the category of Exceptional Community Partnership across a region. The award was for the read with a mate, a program which focuses on encouraging fathers and father-like figures to read and engage with their children, learning about early literacy and brain development and the important roles they play in their child’s development.
Paint the Gong REaD have delivered the first of their book boxes to the new Homeless Hub in Kenny St and then off to the Harbour St doctors surgery and to the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service. Know of a place where families have to wait with young children? Let us know and we’ll make sure they can read a book while they wait.
Congratulations to the team at Paint the Hills REaD for their book swap box at a local Gloria Jeans, where they regularly read with children.
Plus winning the Grill’d healthy burgers charity donation!
Puddles and the team at Paint Hawkesbury REaD delivered the first of 50 book baskets this month. Sponsored by the North Richmond branch of Bendigo Bank the remaining baskets will be distributed to coffee shops, doctors’ surgeries and other places during the year ensuring the local kids lots of opportunities to enjoy a good book!