Highlight on importance of reading… SES Visit
This article Appeared in The Miner
As part of Children’s Book Week
Published on Wednesday, 28 August 2013 23:38
As part of Children’s Book Week, local Delacombe children and their parents had a chance to investigate and explore the big SES truck and hear stories of how the SES help in our community.
The big occasion was held on Wednesday 21 August at the Salvation Army Delacombe and not only explored how we can help each other but also the joy and value of reading.
Ballarat Neighbourhood Centre, United Way Ballarat and the City of Ballarat’s Library Outreach Service Van have teamed up with the Salvation Army Delacombe to create this exciting event for local families in celebration of Children’s Book Week.
The event included a number of activities including story telling of ‘Tom the Outback Mailman’ (short-listed for this year’s Children’s Book Awards)
Jan McIver, Business Development Manager of United Way Ballarat says in response to the question- why read?
“It is simple – if you can read, you can learn, if you can learn, you can succeed in life. Reading is the basic building block for the future, for employment, for technology and for life. Research has determined that reading starts at birth and that ages 0 to 5 are the most important years for learning to read, and parents are the first and most important literacy teachers.But perhaps the most important reason to read aloud is that it makes a connection between the things your baby loves the most — your voice and closeness to you — and books.”
The City of Ballarat’s Library Outreach Service Van regularly attends on-site at Salvation Army Delacombe on the corner of Greenhalghs Rd and Warrina Dve from 10am – 12pm each Friday providing opportunities to promote reading through lending books and story-telling activities.
“Ballarat Neighbourhood Centre promotes learning at every stage of life”, says Executive Manager Michelle Whyte, “and we are supporting this event because reading for young children is a key building block in future learning and employment.”