Readers re-write record
BAY STATE school principals want to maintain the momentum of a project to promote reading after receiving a certificate confirming that 3706 primary students broke the Guinness World Record for the most children reading aloud with an adult.
Kawungan State School acting principal Tom Bates said the next big venture was to publish a book of stories written by local students.
He said Year 2 students at Hervey Bay state primary schools were writing stories based around the reading project’s theme of Ride the Reading Wave with Hervey the whale.
Yarrilee State School’s head of curriculum, Peter Genrich, said the two children with the best stories out of each Year 2 class in the Bay would then take part in a gifted and talented program.
He said graphic artist and cartoonist Brian Doyle would show about 30 students how to have fun with drawing to illustrate their stories during a class in early November.
Mr Genrich said the stories would be compiled into a book and enough copies printed for each child author and each of the school libraries.
Mr Bates said he hoped a local business would help to print the books.
The reading project got off to a flying start in July when author Andrew Daddo and about 60 volunteers read his book, Skoz the Dog: All at Sea, to groups of children who gathered at Sandy Strait State School.
Mr Genrich said the book was so popular with one of the students that he had named his new puppy Skoz.