About Paint The Town REaD
Paint The Town REaD is an early literacy whole of community scheme that encourages the whole of community to read, talk, sing, play and rhyme with children from birth, so that they are ready for reading and writing at school. First developed in the NSW town of Parkes in the 1990's, Paint the Town REaD now takes its message across Australia. 2016 the Governor Generals wife, Lady Cosgrove became Patron for PTTR and a great supportor of the program.
Lady Cosgrove, the Reading Bug and members of the PTTR Board at Admiralty House
Paint The Town REaD Wingecarribee commenced in 2012. Annual reading events have been held in Mittagong, Bowral, Moss Vale, Bundanoon and Balaclava. 'Bookapus' is their reading Mascot. It is organized by a subcommittee of Highlands Child Youth & Family Network. 2018 saw an event at Balaclava hosted by Community Links Wellbeing (Formally Wingecarribee Family Support) and the 'reading tent' also attended the Wingecarribee Council NAIDOC day event in Moss Vale.
Paint The Town REaD Wingecarribee Mascot is Bookapus
Our emergency service friends and Bookapus
Paint Campbelltown REaD commenced in 2014. Three annual reading events have been held in shopping centres in Campbelltown. "McReadie' the word eating worm is the Mascot and we have been lucky enough to get a new McReadie costume in 2018. PTTR Campbelltown will have it's 2018 reading event at The Magic Garden Campbelltown Mall 10.30-12.30 on the 20th of September. PTTR Campbelltown is organised by a subcommittee of the Macarthur Child & Family Interagency.
Paint the Town REaD Camden commenced in 2016 with the hatching of their mascot since named Binyang. PTTR Camden has held 3 very successful reading events culminating in the 2018 event which was held at Narellan Town Centre during the June School holidays. Binyang and the reading tent also attend all Camden Council Family/Community events including NAIDOC celebrations. The organising committee is stakeholder partnership of organisations working in the Camden LGA and is coordinated by Camden Council.
Any services or local businesses are encouraged to participate in these events