A novel way to boost literacy

A novel way to boost literacy

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

Ms Morton said the Council of Australian Government recognised research indicating children in care were more at risk of underperforming in national and state literacy benchmarks.

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

Acting mayor David Lagan said literacy was a gift that could change lives and staff at the City of Stirling 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 give them greater potential to grow, learn and develop, perform well at school and succeed in later life,’ he 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.