Category Archives: Paint the Town REaD Launches

Two New PTTR Communities

54 days of the Paint Australia REaD Book Relay have passed in a whirl of excitement and invitation, children’s delighted faces as they enjoy reading together and meeting new communities keen to work together to give their children a better start in life .

This week, the Relay team was present for the hatching of two new mascots…two new communities that have chosen to take the Paint the Town REaD pathway to increase the literacy levels amongst their children. Welcome Dhinawan the Emu for Lightning Ridge NSW, and Gracie Guy-a-wan the Shark for Taree NSW. Both mascots have been chosen by local Elders. As totems of Gamileroi and Biripi nations respectively, these mascots will be front and central, in supporting children to be introduced to the love of reading from birth.

Dhinawan, the baby emu hatches at an early morning community gathering in Lightning Ridge this week.

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

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

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

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.

The Eagle has landed!

Kora the Sea Eagle mascot for Paint the Lake REaD hatched last weekend. The children of Lake Macquarie were there to greet her, when the local water police brought her by boat to the jetty.

Jodie Harrison, Mayor of Lake Macquarie, and Auntie Zelma Moran with Kora the sea eagle mascot.
Jodie Harrison, Mayor of Lake Macquarie, and Auntie Zelma Moran reveal Kora’s name.

Earlier she had been named by the Mayor, Jodie Harrison, and Auntie Zelma Moran. And so was launched the Paint the Town REaD’s first joint Aboriginal and mainstream community from the very beginning.

Kora means ‘companion’ in the local Awabakal language. What better name to give the mascot, who will be the reading companion for Lake Macquarie’s children?

The Sea Eagle is also the totem for the Awabakal people.