South West families encouraged to REaD and Sing at Home

Ailish DelaneySouth Western Times
South West mum Emma McEvoy enjoys reading and singing at home with her daughter Ruby.
Camera IconSouth West mum Emma McEvoy enjoys reading and singing at home with her daughter Ruby. Credit: Gaia Boranga

Bunbury families are being encouraged to decorate their letterboxes red and read to children at home as part of the new Paint The Town REaD campaign.

The REaD and Sing with Me at Home campaign aims to remind families to read and sing with their children during this time of social isolation and beyond.

Bunbury and surrounding areas recently gained a Paint the Town REaD program, which is being run by not-for-profit organisation Investing in Our Youth.

Bunbury and Beyond Paint the Town REaD coordinator Gaia Boranga said the campaign celebrated the importance of reading and singing at home.

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It’s a really important part of a happy and healthy childhood, which helps us bond and connect and can bring lots of joy into our homes.

Gaia Boranga

“It’s especially important during uncertain and stressful times if reading and singing can help children feel safe and secure.

“People can stay in touch by visiting the Facebook page, Paint the Town REaD Bunbury and Beyond or Paint the Cape REaD, and there’ll be lots of inspiration for different activities to do at home.

“People can decorate their post boxes in red to remind everybody to read with children at home.”

Paint the Town REaD is a nationwide movement to promote the importance of early literacy, encouraging everyone to talk, read, sing, rhyme, draw and play with children every day.

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