MEGA GALLERY: Mitchell’s Paint it Read in pictures
THE town of Mitchell was a hive of superheroes, fairytale characters and monsters on Thursday as students came together to Paint It Read for the 13th year.
Students and teachers from Mitchell State School and St Patrick’s School and various businesses got involved in the day by dressing up in various characters, decorating the town but most importantly reading to the kids.
Mitchell State School’s head of curriculum Jane Filan and co-ordinator of the event said the idea of the day is to spread the word of literacy.
“We just want to showcase how important reading is in the community, so the idea is to spread the word of literacy and the kids love of literacy,” she said.
“And for the students to see what every single person in our community needs to be able to read and to enjoy it.”
The theme this year is ‘Curious Creatures, Wild Minds’ which is the theme of National Book Week this year.
“We were lucky enough to get a special guest author today – Chris Collins, he’s from Gympie and is hear to do workshops with our kids and read to them,” she said.
Mr Collins said he felt privileged to come out to Mitchell and be involved in such a special event.
“When I came into town, I went for a little walk to see all the wonderful people decorating the local businesses with the incredible characters,” he said.
“And to see the amount of energy around the event and in the town is phenomenal.
“Even kids coming from outlying schools, it just says so much about the event.
“Isn’t it amazing how much fun we can have around books,” Mr Collins questioned.
The author said it’s integral kids know how to read and write.
“We all need to be able to do this in our lives and like anything we do – the more we practice, the better we get,” he said.
“So, the earlier you start, the better it is.”
Maranoa Regional Council mayor Tyson Golder and councillor John Birkett also attended the event.
“This is fantastic – driving through town today and see all the teachers, parents, children – congratulations to each and every one of you,” mayor Golder said.
“Today is all about reading.
“We look forward to the kids coming together – being involved with the Mitchell community.
“It’s a very special thing to have business, community and school all working together.”
Cr Birkett told students to make sure they keep reading – “just like I do” he said.