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LITERACY TRAIL A WONDERFUL
The award winning Moorabool Literacy Trail returned to the
streets of Bacchus Marsh on August 30 with close to 1000
children sharing the footpaths with an array of literacy-themed
To help celebrate National Literacy & Numeracy Week,
children came from all over the Shire to dance to the Victoria
Police Band, listen to stories told by costumed characters, and
help stilt walkers to play alphabet games. From the new library
at one end of town, to the historic courthouse at the other,
the children walked the Literacy Trail with their parents, friends
Local businesses joined in the fun by handing out colouring
competitions to the children as they walked past, while
emergency services, representatives from local government
(including the Mayor as the Cat in the Hat, and CEO Rob
Croxford as Tigger) and welfare and health agencies dressed
up and joined in the fun.
The Moorabool Literacy Trail, which each year alternates
between the towns of Bacchus Mash and Ballan, is an initiative
of the State Government's Best Start Program -- a partnership
of local agencies, services, schools and kindergartens.
The aims of the Literacy Trail are to remind children that
whatever you do in life, reading, writing and counting are
important, that the education of our young children is a
community responsibility and that learning happens best when
the imagination is stimulated.
Key messages about literacy were hung in shop windows,
stuck to trees and walls, and the children received show bags
containing literacy related goodies. These included a reading
passport -- to be stamped by book characters along the Trail
-- a literacy activity book, a postcard to send to a friend and a
reading certificate signed by the Mayor.
At the conclusion of the Trail, the children gathered in Eddie
Toole Reserve to share a sausage, expertly cooked by the
Bacchus Marsh Lion's Club, who estimated more than 700
sausages were cooked on the day.
The Moorabool Literacy Trail is not only a fabulous way of
bringing reading to life, but of connecting the whole community
in an uplifting and exciting event!
Best Start partners are: Moorabool Shire Council, Djerriwarrh
Health Services, Ballan District Health & Care, Moorabool for
Mothers, Child and Family Services, Centacare, Bacchus Marsh
Schools Cluster, Department of Education & Early Childhood
Development and Early Childhood Management Services.
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