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Paint the Highway REaD

Published on Wednesday 9 May, 2018

Paint the highway read

Paint the Highway REaD is our local version of the Paint the Town REaD campaign. Cities of Armadale, Gosnells, and Canning have come together to promote the early literacy message at the heart of this program; for all levels of the community to read, talk, sing and rhyme with babies and children anywhere and everywhere.

The project starts with an egg which visits local events and places such as festivals, libraries, schools, shopping centres and playgroups. Children can help the egg grow by reading, singing or rhyming to it, just like a growing brain. A reading mascot is then born from the egg and will appear out and about in the community to continue promoting positive early literacy messages.

City of Gosnells Libraries will be hosting the egg during the following weeks:

 4 – 7 June 2018 Kenwick Library
 30 July – 3 August 2018  Knowledge Centre
 17 – 21 September 2018 Amherst Village Library
 15 – 19 October 2018 Thornlie Library   

The mascot will be revealed during Children’s Week in late October 2018.

Paint the Town REaD is a national collective impact, community capacity building strategy that encourages all areas of the community to contribute to the early learning of babies, toddlers, and children. Research shows that the foundational early literacy skills learnt before starting school are critical for attaining literacy competency in school, which in turn is vital for broader success in life. These skills include language development, focused attention, book awareness, phonological awareness and pre-writing skills.

Paint the Town REaD is active in areas of New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, and Western Australia.