Grant to Help Children Develop a Love of Reading in Murray Bridge

March 5, 2024 10:59 am in by
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A children’s literacy program in the Murraylands has received $10,000 to continue to promote a shared love of reading for children and their parents and caregivers.

National early literacy community program ‘Paint the Town REaD’ encourages the whole community to read, talk, sing and play with children from birth, to help develop the skills they will need for reading and writing.

Their Books for Bedtime project in the Rural City of Murray Bridge has just been given a $10,000 grant from the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal.

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The contribution comes after a Community Recognition Ceremony in which Rhonda Brain OAM was officially acknowledged for her commitment to the early literacy initiative.

The community group is one of 110 initiatives across remote, rural and regional Australia that has received a slice of over $1.5M through the foundation’s Strengthening Rural Communities program.

Another recipient is the Prospect Hill Community Association who have received $9,000 to purchase safety and communications equipment for their Disaster Readiness Communications Project.