Warriapendi Primary students taking part in book exchange program


Joyful readers: Warriapendi Primary School students Georgia Dersio, Elizabeth Dinku, Tayah Dersio, Pawthasue Htoo and Lucas Ioapo are in the school’s reading program.
Joyful readers: Warriapendi Primary School students Georgia Dersio, Elizabeth Dinku, Tayah Dersio, Pawthasue Htoo and Lucas Ioapo are in the school’s reading program.

A BALGA school is striving for higher literacy standards through a reading program run by mothers.

Warriapendi Primary School students take part in a program where they read and exchange books and receive a certificate and toy cars for rewards.

Students who reach certain milestones for the number of nights they read to their parents were recognised at school assemblies.

Deputy principal Natasha Doyle said the program aimed at improving students’ reading abilities.

“When we first started it, we found that children were not reading at home and teachers were reluctant to give them books because they would lose their books,” Ms Doyle said.

“When I started here, we decided that we would buy books and it would not matter if they have not come back because we would just replace each year.”

Ms Doyle said the program started three years ago by educational assistants but parents have taken over.

“The educational assistants do not do it anymore so the mums volunteer and they come in every morning. The children go to them and they exchange their reading log,” she said.

“We initially had half of the school reading on a regular basis and now I would say we have about 80 per cent of children reading every night.

“A lot of our children do not have literature in their home so it is a way of getting good reading material in their homes for them.”