Avid readers in Bancroft are being encouraged to sign up to become Ready Reading volunteers to help students discover the joy of reading.
Chris Whiting MP said the Palaszczuk Government was supporting students to become lifelong readers through the Ready Reading Program.
“We’re looking for an army of up to 3000 reading volunteers from across the state, who will be provided with free training to help Queensland students improve their literacy skills,” Mr Whiting said.
“The Ready Reading Program encourages students to develop a love of reading from a young age and we want people to register for it now.
“It shows the Palaszczuk Government’s commitment to give students a strong start in their early years.
“This program is being delivered in partnership with Volunteering Queensland and is open to all parents, caregivers and community members,” said Chris Whiting.
Chris Whiting said the Palaszczuk Government was investing $1.6 million over three years to bring back the Ready Reading program, which was cut under the LNP Government.
Volunteers from across the state can express their interest in becoming a reading volunteer. Training will commence in Far North Queensland, North Coast and Central Queensland regions in Term 1, 2019.
Chris Whiting said even parents who already read to their children at home could benefit from volunteering to be a Ready Reader at school.
“All volunteers will be trained by reading experts to understand the deeper foundational knowledge of reading and strategies to assist the development of reading skills in children,” Chris Whiting said.
“Instilling a love of reading in our children is one of the greatest gifts we can give them, and one which sets them up educationally for life.”
Ready Reading volunteers who require a Blue Card will incur no charge. Parents volunteering solely at the school attended by their child do not require a Blue Card.
Registration for the Queensland Ready Reading program is available online at the Volunteering Queensland website.