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Mad about books

Wednesday, 31st August, 2011

BOOK WEEK: Sienna Sulicich (11) dressed up as the Mad Hatter from Alice in Wonderland. BOOK WEEK: Sienna Sulicich (11) dressed up as the Mad Hatter from Alice in Wonderland.

Book Week was celebrated at Morgan Street Public School yesterday with a book fare and a special assembly.

Students had a ‘busy day’ said librarian Dani Winders.

Ms Winders said the library monitors performed a parody of Little Red Riding Hood at the assembly, some of the kindergarten classes performed their Eisteddfod items from last week, the choir sang “You’re never fully dressed without a smile” and the orchestra played the National Anthem.

A special K-6 assembly was also held with the children being rewarded for their efforts in reading.

“Students received book awards which goes towards their class library,” she said.

After the assembly the students had a “buddy” reading where a senior student and a junior sat together to read their favourite books.

“It was a nice day to do it on the oval,” Ms Winders said.

“The students love dressing up and the kids really dressed up well and so did the staff.”

Activities for Book Week will continue into next week with an author and illustrator, Cameron Stelzer, visiting the school to conduct workshops.

Meanwhile, Morgan Street School had 16 students participating in the 2011 MS Readathon.

They had the top number of participants in the region and have been a strong supporter over a number of years.

NSW/ACT Regional Manager for the MS Readathon, Maxine Compton, said Morgan Street had been participating since 2004.

“I think it is a great program in general. It encourages literacy and has the philanthropic aspect which helps them understand the wider community,” she said.

Ms Compton said she gets a good response from students who email her to say how they have enjoyed helping others.

She said parents also notice a change in their children’s ability to read.

“It encourages students to read for a reason.

“Parents contact us to say their children’s reading has improved.”

The MS Readathon raises money for people living with multiple sclerosis and Ms Compton a participation rate of 16 students for a school of 300 students was great.

Ms Winders said that the students were borrowing a lot of books from the library.

“The borrowing rate is quite good. One year we turned over 1000 books a week through the library,” she said.

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