Boost for Glenelg learn-to-read program

The Read Learn Succeed Program is set to reach the Glenelg Shire’s most vulnerable families.

Operated by not-for-profit organisation United Way Glenelg (UWG) and major partner Portland Aluminium, the program is expanding its reach thanks to sponsorship from Pacific Hydro. 

The grant will allow UWG to buy literacy kits for identified ‘hot spot’ locations where families can go to seek support. 

They include government and non-government agencies where staff will encourage parents to read to their children, model effective ways to teach children to read and encourage them to sign up to the program. 

UWG executive officer Nicole Reefman said the program had been successful so far and the extra funding would help the organisation continue its vital work. 

“Since its launch last year, the Read Learn Succeed has been a huge success in the Glenelg Shire, delivering books to 300 local children and families on a monthly basis thanks to the generous support of major partners Portland Aluminium,” Ms Reefman said. 

“We know that 15.1 per cent of Glenelg Shire children are identified as being developmentally vulnerable before entering primary school. 

“This funding from Pacific Hydro helps us to encourage and support more parents to read to their kids with the aim of sowing the seed for a lifetime love of learning.”

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