Police book Anson Street kids: reading day delight for students

ARRESTING PERFORMANCE: Police Inspector Peter Atkins and Kathy Hayward read to students Georgie, Eleanor, Breanna and Anouk.      0822lsanson1

ARRESTING PERFORMANCE: Police Inspector Peter Atkins and Kathy Hayward read to students Georgie, Eleanor, Breanna and Anouk. 0822lsanson1

POLICE officers, firefighters, journalists and other community members shared their love of reading with Anson Street School students at the Community Reading Day on Friday.

The day was part of a week of events in Orange schools for national Children’s Book Week, from August 16 to 22, which celebrates literature for young Australians.

The idea behind this year’s Book Week was Connect To Reading, Reading to Connect, and Reverend Anne Neville, the school chaplain, said the day tied in nicely to the theme.

“We like to promote the benefits of reading among our students, especially that it can be fun,” Reverend Neville said.

“I think when people in the community come in and read to them and they see that they enjoy reading and that it can be fun, and they see that they’re just like mum and dad at home.”

Students in nine classes listened intently to the stories they were read, which Reverend  Neville said were all new to the school and hadn’t even been processed in the library’s system yet.

“We also encourage the readers to share, especially with our older students, the reasons why they like reading and how they use reading in their jobs everyday,” she said.

“We really appreciate it that the community gives up their time to come and read to the children. We know they all have busy work schedules, so it’s great they can fit us in.”

The day was not only about books - some classes even got to sit in the fire engine and test out one of the water hoses with the help of firefighter Matt Vernon.

alexandra.king@fairfaxmedia.com.au

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