Nola Marino MHR helped to launch the Hands Up 4 Kids reading program at Carey Park Primary School.
There are now five schools that benefit from the Greater Bunbury volunteer program which sees community members reading to students.
Hands Up 4 Kids was prompted by reports of falling literacy standards which would lead to unfulfilled potential when our students take their place as our future citizens.
One of the reasons identified for this slip in standards was a decline parents listening to their children reading.
Australind, Kingston, Parkfield and Withers primary schools have been delighted with the early results of this reading program which started last year.
Eight people have already signed up to read at Carey Park PS.
Carey Park Principal Peter Rigden said he expects to see good results too.
He said it also built upon his goal to have as many people involved with school from the local community.
Mrs Marino praised the group behind the program and wished them best of luck with their ongong endeavors.
More about Hands Up 4 Kids
The objective is to have 10 reading volunteers at each school. Training is given and so far the volunteers have all enjoyed their experience and can see the benefits of their volunteer work. The volunteers come from all walks of life.
The concept was created by YouthCARE, the organisation that provides chaplains to many of our Government schools.
Their idea was taken up by Great Southern Employment Development Committee (GSEDC) who brokered a partnership with Investing In Our Youth (IIOY) and Rotary Club of Bunbury Leschenault to form a not-for-profit community group.
It has received support from the Bunbury Chamber of Commerce and Industries who promoted it to its 800 plus members to discover businesses which are interested in Corporate Volunteering.
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