At the beginning of the year, Judy and her colleague, Lex, thought it was unacceptable that some parents had limited involvement in their child’s learning. They believe in a school where everyone’s contribution to the learning process of an individual is valued. However, Lex and Judy’s reality at the start of the Changemaker Journey was that parents felt their ability to contribute to their child’s learning was inadequate.
Lex & Judy’s Solution
Judy and Lex organised and led a community event called ‘Read to Me’, where reading stations were set up in the CBD involving the community, businesses and school ambassadors as readers and performers to promote active reading to young children.
Judy and Lex began by canvassing support for shared vision and then built a community committee with the Bundaberg Regional Libraries, Childers Neighbourhood Centre, Childers Family Daycare, Childers Chamber of Commerce, Isis District High School, First Five Forever and Queensland Police. The team met fortnightly for 5 months, leased with schools and early childhood providers, and promoted the event through media, social media and school visits.
On the day, students from surrounding primary schools and early childcare centres took part in the circus-themed reading activities. Reading stations with volunteers from local businesses and secondary school ambassadors were set up at participating businesses.
“Adults and children alike were encouraged to come dressed in theme, the day kicked off in
Millennium Park with over 300 students filling the park with excited energy.”
For the next two hours, groups of about 15 youngsters with accompanying adults and high school students made their way around the reading stations whilst being entertained by street performers and participating in craft activities.
Lex & Judy’s Impact
Studies show that children who are frequently read to (4-5 times a week) are seven times more likely to complete their education than children who are not read to. Through ‘Read to Me’ Judy and Lex have raised community awareness about the importance of regular reading.
300 early childcare, primary and secondary students have been directly and positively impacted by the work of Judy and Lex, not to mention the impact on families and community members who were at the ‘Read to Me’ event.
Judy tells us that the Queensland Police have published reports of the day in state and national newsletters, and they are committed to setting up their own reading station, staffing it with several members of the police force. That. Is. Scale.
Like the idea?
Judy and Lex would love your support for Read to Me, or for you to start a similar program in your school, and they’d love to hear about any ideas you have or lend a hand where they can. Shoot an email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to get in touch with Judy and Lex and we can connect you. Feel free to cheer them on in the comments below as well.
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