Premier visits Nundah State School to announce 2018 Premier’s Reading Challenge

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Education Minister Grace Grace visited Nundah State School last week to launch the 2018 Premier’s Reading Challenge.

State Member for Nudgee Leanne Linard welcomed the Premier and Minister to the local area where they also announced a suite of initiatives to support reading and writing, including the recommencement of Queensland’s Ready Reading Program.

“This program will see up to 3000 reading volunteers, trained by Volunteering Queensland, go into schools across the state to share the love of reading with students”, Ms Palaszczuk said.

“My Government will invest more than $1.5 million over three years to reintroduce this important initiative.

Ms Palaszczuk said registrations to become a Ready Reading Volunteer would open from 14 May this year.

Ms Grace and Ms Linard joined the Premier in reading to a Year 2 class at Nundah State School.

“I know Nundah State School has a strong reading program and regularly participates in the Premier’s Reading Challenge, now in its 13th year,” Ms Grace said.

“We want all children around the state to have a strong foundation in literacy and that’s what the Premier’s Reading Challenge and the Ready Reading Program are all about.

“Last year more than 155,000 young Queenslanders took part in the challenge, reading more than 2.16 million books.

“This included individual readers and participants from 850 schools and 410 early childhood education and care services across the state.”

Ms Linard encouraged all Queensland students to take part in the Premier’s Reading Challenge.

“I know there will already be plenty of youngsters from state and non-state schools, as well as home-schooled students, who will be hitting the books as part of the challenge which runs from 14 May to 24 August 2018,” Ms Linard said.

“Even children in early childhood education can take part from 13 to 24 August.

During the Premier’s Reading Challenge students aim to read a minimum number of books with no limit on the maximum number. The 2018 Premier’s Reading Challenge is supported by QSuper, RACQ, Queensland Ballet, Booktopia and The Courier-Mail.

More information on the 2018 Premier’s Reading Challenge is available at www.education.qld.gov.au/schools/readingchallenge/.

Registrations to become a Queensland Ready Reading Volunteer will open from 14 May 2018: https://volunteeringqld.org.au/

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