Inspired by Children’s Book Week and becoming “United Through Books” United Way Glenelg wanted to engage parents and children in every home. A major challenge is overcoming low parental literacy rates and low income to engage children earlier with books.
Research highlights that the foundations of literacy should be laid in a child’s first years of life. Becoming familiar with physical books, letter and word formation and opportunities to earn and enjoy stories can start with parents and caregivers in the home. In Australia, many children do not encounter books until their first day of school, often followed by frustration for the student.
To celebrate Children’s Book Week, Portland Aluminium employees volunteer their time to go into Primary Schools across the Glenelg Shire to celebrate the importance of reading aloud.
In 2020, Portland Aluminium employees will read Something Wonderful written by Raewyn Caisley and Illustrated by Karen Blair to children in Foundation and Grade 1 and encourage families to continue reading to their children as their imaginations grow.
Check out our events on Facebook for more information on Read Across Glenelg. https://www.facebook.com/pg/unitedwayglenelg/events/?ref=page_internal