Paint the Highway ReAD campaign to improve literacy in Armadale, Canning and Gosnells

Campbell Primary School’s Molly Boxall,  Jean Du Plessis and Luciana Healy-Soler enjoy a book as part of the Paint the Highway REaD campaign.
Campbell Primary School’s Molly Boxall, Jean Du Plessis and Luciana Healy-Soler enjoy a book as part of the Paint the Highway REaD campaign.

A GIANT egg is making its way across Armadale, Gosnells and Canning in a local spin on a popular national campaign.

Paint the Highway REaD is a local version of the Paint the Town REaD campaign, which encourages communities to read, talk, sing and rhyme to babies and children.

As part of the campaign, a reading egg is travelling around libraries, schools, shopping centres and playgroups in the areas, with children helping the egg to grow by reading, singing or rhyming to it.

Gosnells mayor Glenn Dewhurst said the egg would be hatched during Children’s Week in October, revealing a local mascot which will promote early literacy.

“When children read, sing, talk or rhyme to the egg, it will grow, just like these activities nourish children’s brain development,” he said.

“Most of our brain development happens in the first three years of our lives, so developing literacy skills and a love of learning during this time will give our children the best opportunities in life.

“Our youngest residents deserve the very best opportunities we can give them, so keep your eye out for our egg and try reading, singing or rhyming to it.”

During a recent visit to Canning Vale’s Campbell Primary School, kindergarten students helped design and create the nest which the egg will travel in.

 

Upcoming Paint the Highway REaD locations

July 31-August 3: Knowledge Centre, Gosnells

August 6-10: Goodstart Early Learning, Huntingdale

August 13-24: City of Gosnells Park Plays

August 27-31: Goodstart Early Learning, Thornlie

September 3-7: City of Gosnells Park Plays

September 10-14: Goodstart Early Learning, Canning Vale

September 17-21: Amherst Village Library, Southern River

September 24-28: Child and Parent Centre, East Maddington

October 1-5: Child and Parent Centre, Gosnells

October 8-12: Goodstart Early Learning, Campbell Rd

October 15-19: Thornlie Library