READ TO ME: Judith Robertshaw, Constable Micheal Schmidt and Cr Bill Trevor.
READ TO ME: Judith Robertshaw, Constable Micheal Schmidt and Cr Bill Trevor. Jodie DixonBIT010916READ01

Childers Read to Me day encourages young bookworms

STUDIES by the 2015 Australian Early Development Census showed Queensland's children aged 0-5 years are the second most vulnerable in language acquisition and communication in Australia.

Studies show children who are frequently read to (4-5 times a week) are seven times more likely to complete their education than children who are not read to.

Childers Read to Me Day organiser Judith Robertshaw said if we are to help our children become strong life-long learners, we must invest time to read to them.

"What better way of getting the message out than to involve the whole community,” she said.

The circus was the theme of this year's Read to Me Day and themed books were read to young children.

Students from surrounding primary schools and early childcare centres took part.

Mrs Robertshaw said reading stations with volunteer readers were set up at participating businesses.

"Adults and children alike were encouraged to come dressed in theme, the day kicked off in Millennium Park with over 300 students filling the park with excited energy,” he said.

Groups of about 15 youngsters with accompanying adults and high school students made their way around the reading stations whilst being entertained, as they transitioned, by street performers and participating in craft activities.

After about two hours of reading and craft sessions around the town, groups reconvened for a final performance by circus professional Tyrone O'Reilly and high school students.

This performance was followed by a sausage sizzle by Rotary.

The idea for the Read to Me program came from John Hughes, owner and editor of The Tully Times (till May 2016), and it has become a much anticipated community event in Tully each year.

This initiative is part of the Isis District State High School's Education Change-makers Project.

Parents want what is best for their child and for them to experience the joy of reading for pleasure.

The program was proudly supported by the Isis District State High, Bundaberg Regional Library Service, Neighbourhood Centre, First 5 Forever, Queensland Police and the Childers Chamber of Commerce

Reading transports you into the fascinating world of fiction, and encourages the reader to dream and imagine.

Organisers plan to make the event an annual activity for the younger students of our community.

Organisers thank the community and business owners for their support and encouragement on the day.