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Children will celebrate Paint Parkes REaD day at home this year

GET READY TO PAINT THE TOWN FROM HOME: Children from all around Parkes will be participating in the reading day from home this year. Photo: PARKES PUBLIC SCHOOL.

GET READY TO PAINT THE TOWN FROM HOME: Children from all around Parkes will be participating in the reading day from home this year. Photo: PARKES PUBLIC SCHOOL.

It is one of the highlights of the school year for many - and despite having to go virtual this year, Paint Parkes REaD is promising to be as fun and educational as ever.

The reading day, scheduled for today, September 10, will be celebrated for home given NSW's Stay at Home orders in place.

Paint Parkes REaD is an early literacy movement that encourages people to read with children from birth, so they start school ready to learn.

Our brains do most of their critical development in the first three years of life - a baby's brain doubles in weight in the first year, tripling by age three.

Every time we read, talk, sing and rhyme with children brain connections grow, and build the foundations for learning.

The aim for today's reading day is to remind everyone to REaD, talk, sing and rhyme with our babies all the time.

Children are encouraged to send photos in or tag Paint Parkes REaD on Facebook dressed in red or their favourite character.

Since the event began as Birth to Kindergarten in August 1997 and the first reading day held in 1998, it's the second time the event will be held remotely and virtual after last year's was forced online due to the COVID-19 pandemic as well.

Parkes is the birthplace of the Paint the Town REaD reading and literature campaign that has now spread across the country.

To get yourself prepared, watch last year's Paint Parkes REaD video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xiv7IGehMvg.

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