All posts by Barbie Bates

Seasons Greetings and thank you!

Thank you to the 1000s of people across Australia who have grown the PTTR movement through 2018 – Aboriginal Elders who lead their local PTTRB&Y communities, volunteer readers in shopping centres, emergency services staff and local businesses who take the time to share books and stories with children, librarians, primary and high school students who read to their baby brothers and sisters, child and family workers who incorporate early literacy into everything they do, the incredible PTTR local co-ordinators who somehow find the time to do amazing things, generous probono  workers like Lifeline who have supplied us with over 1000 books this year, Good360 and Men Sheds, the AMP Foundation, the Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation, PRRR and many more. You have all helped a child discover the thrill of books and language.

A4 Christmas bookmarks 2018

PTTR Turns 5 – and celebrates with registrations open for our 7th National Conference

Paint the Town Read Ltd turned 5 yesterday. We wish to thank everyone who has helped us with their time, wisdom, enthusiasm, probono support, humour and money.

The Board is thrilled that now 78 communities across Australia – from Pannawonica to the Pacific, from Cairns to Casterton, are working to engage everyone to read, talk, sing, rhyme and draw with their babies from birth, so that they will be ready for learning at school.

And there is no better way to celebrate than to invite you all to attend our 7th National Early Literacy Conference in Perth 20 -22 March 2019.

The theme is Books and Bonding Build Brains – that’s what the (Fremantle) Doctor Orders.

Register here. 

Children’s Week 2018 Celebrations

Across Australia, PTTR communities celebrated Children’s Week including hatchings of new mascots in Armadale, Gosnells, Rockingham (WA), Gin Gin, Childers and Bundaberg (Qld), birthday parties for mascots (Shoalhaven NSW) and the honouring of Vivi Martin in NSW as Summer Hill’s Granny of the Year, especially for her work with heading up Paint Marrickville REaD. http://www.localnewsplus.com.au/article.php?st_story_ID=141222&ratio=Landscape

South Australian Winners Paint the Inner West REaD

On Friday night, at a Gala Event, Paint the Inner West REaD, comprising Paint the Parks and Gardens REaD and Paint Westside REaD won the Community Engagement Award at South Australia’s 2018 Public Education Awards. Congratulations!

https://www.education.sa.gov.au/working-us/working-teacher/teacher-initiatives/public-education-awards/honour-roll/community-engagement-award

Community, non government and government representatives of Paint the Inner West REaD celebrating their win at the Award Ceremony.

READ REaDiculously!

In the Words of the Champion Post,
Hundreds of children turned out on Friday morning for Parkes’ annual Reading Day.
This year’s theme was LET’S GET REaDICULOUS and REaD REaDICULOUSLY.
Young and old alike were dressed REaDICULOUSLY for a jam-packed program of activities.

https://www.parkeschampionpost.com.au/story/5646371/children-get-readiculous-as-parkes-celebrates-annual-reading-day-photos/?cs=2711#slide=102

Politicians and Principals dressed readiculously and read in readiculous places down the main street of Parkes, to the delight of children and the whole community.

And best of all? When a young child was asked two days later about what had he learnt at Reading Day, his answer was: ‘Read, Talk, Sing and Rhyme with your baby all the time.’

It seemed like everyone was there in Cook Park, for the start of REaDiculous Reading Day

Because of Her, We Can

This NAIDOC Week 2018, we remember, pay our respects to and thank the  many many Aunties, colleagues and friends who have directed the building of  Paint the Town READ, Black and Yellow across Australia. Thank you for your wisdom, love, forgiveness, laughter and patience as you have led and taught your non-Indigenous friends, for the sake of your children and grandchildren.

Follow us on Facebook this week as we reflect on and thank a representative group of these women from across Australia.

Welcome Aunty Booka

Aunty Booka – the mascot for Paint the Booka REaD hatched last Friday. She had a great time at her birthday party, as she was read to by the Mayor of Wanneroo, Tracey Roberts, Cr David Boothman from the City of Stirling, Margaret Quick, the member for Girraween and Janine Freeman, the member for Mirrabooka plus lots and lots of children.

Aunty Booka meeting her new friends

Congratulations Michelle – Shire of Yilgarn Australia Day Active Citizenship Award

Michelle Calderbank was presented with WA’s  Shire of Yilgarn Australia Day Active Citizenship Award for her significant contribution to supporting the Yilgarn community.

Michelle set up Paint the Yligarn REaD in her own time to provide the next generation of children in Southern Cross with the best possible chance to reach their potential. Michelle is a high school English teacher and witnesses firsthand the significant challenges for young people when they have not had the important early literacy foundational experiences. A long-time resident in Southern Cross, Michelle had the connections and the respect in the community to engage everyone in supporting and spreading the PTTR message.  And this included her high school students who eagerly took on the catering role  at the launch event, and gained catering qualifications in the process.

Michelle has a number of other voluntary roles in the community such as running the Young Entertainers program for the past 12 years and active involvement in sporting clubs.

Congratulations Michelle – a great PTTR Champion.

Michelle receiving her Australia Day Award.
And yes, singing is an important part of the PTTR message.