Gladstone Reads launch
LYN Hughes is taking the Gladstone Reads program to the young children of Gladstone.
The co-ordinator of Gladstone Reads on February 8 celebrated the launch of the program at the Good Start Kin Kora Child Care Centre.
In front of enthusiastic parents, educators, representatives from Rio Tinto Alcan and C4C and volunteer Pyjama Angels, Ms Hughes discussed the huge benefits of the program in helping establish a love of reading within young children.
Ms Hughes has been busy mentoring staff, attending the centre each Wednesday morning to co-ordinate play and literacy focused activities.
She is assisted by her troupe of volunteers known as the Pyjama Angels who spend an hour each week reading to the children.
As part of the program at Good Start, children receive little booklets to track the 1000 stories educators, parents and Pyjama Angels hope to read to the children this year.
Ms Hughes said she had also created a lending library at the centre where parents can take home books to read to their child whenever they want.
She said the lending library was being well used.
"There is between 40 and 50 children in the three-five year age group involved in the program," Ms Hughes said.