Years 5 and 6 students attending a primary school in Greater Shepparton are encouraged to write and illustrate an original story for this year’s annual story writing competition.
Run through the Greater Shepparton Early Years Language workgroup the winning student’s story will be included in this year’s Book Bag program.
The winning story being included in the three-and-a-half-year-old book bag for 12 months and the bag and story book will be handed out to nearly 1000 families across Greater Shepparton when they attend the three-and-a-half-year-old Maternal and Child Health visit.
Greater Shepparton City Council Mayor Dinny Adem said this was a great opportunity for local children to get creative, involved and contribute to a local program.
‘‘The Book Bag program aims to encourage parents and carers to read to their children right from birth and to understand the importance of early reading and language development,’’ Cr Adem said.
‘‘Included in the bag is a parent information booklet and library information among other reading and activity resources.
‘‘The competition adds a local touch to the program and highlights the creative talent we have here in our region.
‘‘I hope to see many schools participate and submit their students’ pieces of work.’’
Primary schools can submit up to three original illustrated stories from students in years 5 and 6 to be considered by the judging panel.
The competition closes at 3pm Monday, September 11.
■Information has been sent out to all primary schools in Greater Shepparton. For more information phone Best Start Co-ordinator Belinda Whitelaw on 58329700.