HUNDREDS of young children have taken part in a holiday program aimed at improving early childhood literacy.
The program, Paint the Swan REaD, is in its fifth year and encourages communities and parents to get their children reading, talking, singing and rhyming.
Swan Hills MLA Jessica Shaw said she was proud to see the program still running.
“Books spark kids’ imaginations and help develop a lifelong love of learning,” she said.
“My mum taught me to read before I went to school (and) her hard work completely changed my future.
“Early childhood literacy is absolutely crucial to our kids’ long-term educational success.”
City of Swan Mayor Mick Wainwright opened the event and contributed $5000 on behalf of the City to assist the program.
He said it was important for young people to develop a love of reading.
“It was great to see such a significant turnout at the festival,” he said.
“Being able to read gives young people a chance to visit other places, learn about new cultures, and also plays such a crucial role in learning.
“I loved reading from an early age and I hope that today’s children can share that same value.”