MEDIA RELEASE – GAME ON FOR STUDENTS’ READING BLITZ

1 March 2011

State Member for Brunswick, Jane Garrett MP has encouraged students to get involved in the 2011 Premiers’ Reading Challenge.

“Seven years after it was initiated by the then Premier Steve Bracks, it’s encouraging to see the Premiers’ Reading Challenge is still going strongly,” Jane Garrett said.

“I encourage students to sign up for this year’s challenge.

“Reading opens up all kinds of worlds, and is such an important part of learning for students.

“I hope we see a record number of students in local schools signing up this year.

Jane Garrett said all living former Premiers – John Cain, Joan Kirner, Jeff Kennett, Steve Bracks and John Brumby were supporting the challenge.

“Students with a sharp literary eye will notice that this year the apostrophe has moved, so we have the Premiers’ Reading Challenge, acknowledging former Premiers and the history of the Challenge,” she said.

“The Premiers’ Reading Challenge is a great way to promote reading and help students improve their literacy skills, setting them up for life-long love of reading.”

Students in Years Prep to 10 are required to read 15 books or more by 16 September. For students in Prep, Year 1 and Year 2 the challenge is to read or ‘experience’ 30 books by 16 September, 2011.

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