Thursday, 5 October 2017 - Paint the Swan REaD

Pre-school success through Paint the Swan REaD

Last Wednesday, early childhood literacy program, Paint the Swan REaD, was run in Midland for the 5th year in a row.

Hundreds turned out in support of early childhood literacy and took advantage of other events running throughout the school holidays.

Paint the Swan REaD encourages communities and parents to get their children reading, talking, singing and rhyming before they enter school.

Basic literacy when entering primary school has been shown to have a lasting impact on a child’s educational success.

Michelle Roberts MLA, Minister for Police, Road Safety, and Member for Midland, and Jessica Shaw MLA, Member for Swan Hills were proud to support Paint the Swan REaD.

Michelle Roberts and Jessica Shaw awarded book prizes, written by local Swan View author, Linda Bennett, to some “exceptionally good listeners”.


City of Swan Mayor, Cr Mick Wainwright, opened the event and also contributed $5,000 on behalf of the City to assist Paint the Swan REaD with future events.

Comments attributable to Minister Roberts MLA:

Mrs Roberts said it was a fantastic event that involved lots of kids.


“It encourages one of the best habits that any child can develop and take into adulthood, and that’s reading,” she said.


“It helps them developmentally in so many ways as well as being a great source of enjoyment.”


Comments attributable to Jessica Shaw MLA:

“We should be so proud that this event runs in our area. Midland's Paint the Swan REaD was the first program in WA.”

"Books spark kid's imaginations and help develop a lifelong love of learning"

“My Mum taught me to read before I went to school – her hard work completely changed my future.”

 “Early childhood literacy is absolutely crucial to our kid's long term educational success. There is a large body of research linking pre-primary fluent speech and basic reading skills to university entry.”

 “That’s why programs like Paint the Swan REaD are so important, and why I’m proud to support today’s Big Reading event.”

“It’s also why I donated books for today’s event, as not all families can access materials that are so crucial to early childhood development.”

Comments attributable to City of Swan Mayor, Mick Wainwright:

“It’s so important that young people develop a love for reading, which is why it was great to see such a significant turnout at the festival.”

“Being able to read gives young people a chance to visit other places, learn about new cultures, and also plays such a crucial role in learning. I loved reading from an early age and I hope that today’s children can share that same value.”

“It is a privilege to be able to support such an important program that will have lasting impacts on our community and children. Events like this emphasise the City of Swan as a great place to live and raise our next generation.”