Club’s new chapter

Child Protection Minister Helen Morton with City of Stirling deputy mayor David Lagan at the Discovery Book Club Mirrabooka launch last Wednesday. Picture: Michael Gill
Child Protection Minister Helen Morton with City of Stirling deputy mayor David Lagan at the Discovery Book Club Mirrabooka launch last Wednesday. Picture: Michael Gill

The Discovery Book Club Mirrabooka was established to support and develop the literacy skills of the more than 320 children in child protection care in the district.

Ms Morton said research indicated children in care were more at risk of underperforming in national and state literacy benchmarks.

Ms Morton said the book club would run in partnership with Stirling Libraries, the Department of Education, Aboriginal Literacy Foundation, Edith Cowan University and the Bodhi Tree Bookshop.

Deputy mayor David Lagan said literacy was a gift that could change lives and City of Stirling staff were proud to support the program.

‘As a teacher of over 30 years, I have witnessed the Better Beginnings program helping to transform children’s lives and given them greater potential to grow, learn and develop, perform well at school and succeed in later life,’ Mr Lagan said.

‘Unfortunately, these children here today have often missed out on valuable early childhood literacy programs including Better Beginnings.’

Book packs were handed out to children on the day.