Prize money received by Wimmera Southern Mallee LLEN will go towards two literacy programs delivered across the Wimmera. The LLEN was awarded the Community Group of the Year in the 2018 Regional Achievement and Community Awards. This state-wide award came with $2000 prizemoney sponsored by the Bank of Melbourne.
The prize money will be targeted to buy more books and resources for the Let’s Read program and the Read to Me program. The Horsham branch of the Bank of Melbourne is also donating a series of children’s books for use in these valuable programs. This support from the Bank of Melbourne will support the development and education of our region’s children.
Let’s Read is delivered by a partnership in each of the Hindmarsh, Horsham, West Wimmera and Yarriambiack shires. The program delivers support, books, read-aloud DVDs and resources to families at four different age points. Families receive the resources and support for their babies at 4 months, 12 months, 18 months and 3½ years from Maternal and Child Health Nurses during the child’s health check.
Let’s Read was developed by the Centre for Community Child Health at the Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne. The Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and The Smith Family have partnered with Wimmera Southern Mallee LLEN and local partners to deliver the program across the Wimmera.
The money will also be used to establish the Read to Me program across the Wimmera. Read to Me was developed by Raising Literacy Australia and is currently delivered across South Australia. Read to Me will provide children in out-of-home care with their own start-up library of 10 picture and board books. Children then receive an additional 3 books every 3 months to add to their collection up until they reach 6 years of age.
Investing in the early years has a profound impact on a child’s future and, through the Read to Me project, Raising Literacy Australia and Wimmera Southern Mallee LLEN strive to use the power of stories and reading to help children in out-of-home care to reach their full potential.
Let’s Read and Read to Me are early years literacy programs aimed at promoting the importance of reading with young children from birth. Sharing stories, rhymes and songs daily to your children, from birth, establishes a strong language and literacy foundation which ensures that children are ready to learn when they start school. Research has shown that reading regularly to your children increases their IQ.
We are fortunate to receive such strong support from our business community and local community organisations. Kids who read succeed and the delivery of these important programs only occurs through the generous support we receive from our partners.