The Shepparton Adviser
Wednesday 25 May 2016
A GROUP of women from Kildonan UnitingCare’s Multicultural Sewing Group has provided a colourful boost to a local reading program, through the provision of home-made library bags.
Kildonan has partnered with the Greater Shepparton Best Start project to support ‘Story a Day,’ a book borrowing program which currently runs in a large number of kindergartens across Greater Shepparton.
Children are able to borrow books from the ‘kinder’ library to take home and share with their family. The program aims to encourage reading and sharing of stories in the home environment, further developing children’s early language and literacy skills.
When a number of kindergartens indicated they needed library bags for some of their children, Kildonan’s Multicultural Sewing Group jumped at the opportunity to be involved in a great community project.
Kildonan senior manager, Teresa Carney, who is also a member of the Greater Shepparton Early Years Language Workgroup, was pleased to help out.
“The group of approximately seven women meet on a weekly basis to learn to sew and also enjoy some social interaction and improve their English.
“The women come from both the community and GOTAFE and are kindly released from their GOTAFE English classes to participate and learn in a contextual environment.
“Over the past few weeks the group, which includes many women who have never sewn before, has been busy making 50 beautiful, bright and fun library bags for children to keep and carry their books to and from kinder,” Ms Carney said.
Arthur Mawson Kindergarten teacher, Sue McLean was extremely grateful to receive 30 of the bags for their kinder children.
“The donation of bags ensures every child can participate in the Story a Day program and have a beautiful library bag to keep.”