The Gladstone Literacy Centre has celebrated the graduation of their 36th group of students last Friday. Their graduation marks the end of 18 years of supporting students during which time 606 youngsters from eleven of the district’s state schools have graduated.
Chris Tanner from Gladstone Literacy Centre said that the centre will see some changes in 2019. “Next year, in a community partnership, Gladstone South Primary School will take joint ownership of our literacy program for their Years 3 to 6 students. Our benchmark, an average improvement in reading accuracy and comprehension of 15 months after two school terms of teaching will remain and the daily program unchanged, with each of 24 students spending 2 hours learning every school day,” Mr Tanner said.
“As a community partnership, trained volunteer reading tutors will spend 40 hours with students each week pausing, prompting and praising as their reading and decoding skills improve,” he added. “Our current teacher, Amanda Perry, and current teacher aide, Jenny Kirchner, will continue. Gladstone South and Education Queensland will jointly fund the teacher and the teacher aide will be funded by the Gladstone community through the Bill Crews Charitable Trust, a Deductible Gift Recipient where donations are tax deductible. We will have a welcoming permanent home. Gladstone South Primary School students who struggle with literacy are afforded a second chance to bridge the gap and catch their peers. 606 students will have graduated from the program by the end of this year and I look forward to your continuing support for those South Gladstone Primary youngsters who need help to successfully cope with school.”
Students graduating from the Gladstone Literacy Centre have written letters explaining the amazing improvements in their reading abilities. They are all looking forward to continuing to read during the school holidays and enjoying all the benefits that reading brings!