GRADUATES: Lainey Stockbridge, of Clinton State School, Jayde Oliver, of Calliope State School, and Brandon Isaacs, of Yarwun State School
GRADUATES: Lainey Stockbridge, of Clinton State School, Jayde Oliver, of Calliope State School, and Brandon Isaacs, of Yarwun State School Laura Mckee

Program gets kids' reading up to speed

FOR Jayde Oliver, Lainey Stockbridge and Brandon Isaacs, reading a Harry Potter-sized book is now a piece of cake.

The students joined 13 others who graduated from the Gladstone Literacy Centre yesterday, an intensive literacy program.

An audience of proud mums, dads and grandparents listened to their shining stars read a speech at Gladstone South State School hall.

And 11-year-old Jayde, from Calliope State School, was thrilled with how far she had come.

"I was reading really small kids books and I wanted to improve a lot," she said.

"I was reading at an eight-year-old level and now I am reading at a 12-year-old level."

Jayde's mum Tammy said her daughter was now "a totally different kid".

"She's gained four years in reading and comprehension," she said.

"She's more confident and she just applied to be school captain."

Lainey, from Clinton State School, said she read baby books.

"I didn't pay attention to the teacher in class and I talked a lot. I had trouble with spelling," she said.

Lainey now reads at a 12 year old level. She knows how much it means for her future, too.

"Knowing how to read and write is extremely important in all jobs," she said.

Yarwun State School student Brandon, 11, said he felt much better with his new set of skills.

"I can read big chapter books. I am currently reading Storm Boy," he said.

"Nan, pop, mum and dad watched me today. They are proud of me."

BY THE NUMBERS:

  • 18 week program
  • 86 days
  • 16 students took part, aged 9-13
  • Three schools
  • 444 local graduates have now completed the program


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