Thank you to everyone who has made this year so special by increasing the opportunities for children to enjoy the wonder of being read and sung with.
From our amazing local community groups – now 50+ over five Australian states, through to funders like the St George Foundation, the AMP Foundation, the Eureka Foundation, the Commonwealth Bank, private donors and the many many probono supporters.
Here are two of them – wonderful woman, Roxanne Kiely (song writer) and Anne Donnelly (author). Roxanne, ran a Songwriting Workshop for Early Educators in Paint Cumberland REaD NSW, and Anne visited a combined playgroup in Mt Druitt NSW, where she grew up, to encourage young mums to reach for the stars.
Today we celebrate and remember the importance of National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day.
Thank you to the many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Aunties and Uncles and workers from across Australia, who are leading us to Paint Australia REaD, Black and Yellow so that our children will arrive at school loving books and ready to learn.
Tracey and Charlie from NSW’s Paint Shoalhaven REaD, Black and Yellow with Karrak, Paint Kwinana REaD WA’s black cockatoo Mascot. Karrak is holding Shoalhaven’s magical reading egg.
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.
Paint the Town REAd’s Reading Bug has had a busy time in Moree. She brought a magical mascot egg to the children in Moree East’s Playgroup, delivered the first book for the Books for Newborn Bubs in Moree Hospital and received a very generous cheque from the Commonwealth Bank to keep reading with children from birth in Moree.
Paint the Swan REaD invites you to get involved in our Annual Reading Week
Children’s Week October 24th – November 1st 2015
There will be a special focus on 4 communities in the City of Swan
Business or Shop owners!
Decorate your shop in red for Children’s Week.
Offer to read to children in your shop on 27th October.
Donate items for fundraisers or for the Reading Event.
Sponsor items for Reading week e.g. a Reading tent, books, library bags or stickers.
Libraries and Child and Family Services!
Host or Plan to include your service in activities in your area.
Take your children to join in the free and fun local activities.
Volunteer to join a local planning group for one of the 4 communities.
Where ever you are stop and read at 11am on 27th October!
For more information and to get involved in activities in your area ask for information at your local library, visit the Paint the Swan REaD Facebook site or contact Fiona Lee at CLAN Midland on 9250-6335
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.
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!