Students bring stories to life

CUNNING. A Kerang South Primary School grade five/six student, dressed as a fox, led a farm worker around the streets of Kerang on Friday as part of the town’s Book Parade. Hundreds of people lined the main streets of the town for this year’s literacy celebrations.ANOTHER chapter in Kerang’s literacy history has been added.

Hundreds of pre-school and primary school students from across the district took part in the 31st Kerang Book Parade on Friday, braving windy winter conditions for the occasion.

The parade, which is the largest event of the town’s National Book Week celebrations, took its traditional route along Albert, Scoresby, Fitzroy, Wellington and Victoria streets.

Overseen this year by St Joseph’s Primary School with the assistance of Kerang Primary School and Kerang South Primary School, students from the three State primary schools joined other children from Kerang Christian College, Koondrook, Lake Charm, Lalbert, Murrabit and Quambatook for the occasion.

Joining the primary school entries were Kerang and District Pre-School, Kethawil Pembengguk Playgroup and Gannawarra Shire Children’s Centre.

The parade featured 22 book, with each class dressing in costumes to highlight their literacy choice, ranging from classics stories Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, Fantastic Mr Fox, James and the Giant Peach, Oliver Twist and Raggedy Ann and Andy, to modern tales When’s It My Turn, The Pocket Dogs, G is for Gold and Here Comes the Aliens.

Children dressed in a variety of costumes, from sportspeople, aliens, toys, tools, insects, animals and pirates, were applauded as they paraded around the town.

“The book parade is a highlight of Kerang,” St Joseph’s Primary School principal, Denise Frantz said.

“The parade receives tremendous support, and it was great to see so many parents, grandparents and relatives line the streets.

“I would like to thank Gannawarra Shire Council for closing the road and the local police for manning the checkpoints.”

Prior to the parade, students gathered at Kerang Primary School for the announcement of the Gannawarra Shire Council Library Service’s Book Week Awards.

Students had spent the past few months developing entries for the popular competition.

Library service staff were given the difficult task of selecting winners from a number of categories, ranging from class-developed books to language, picture story, novels, narrative, novelty, poetry, diaries and information books.

Shire mayor, Cr Max Fehring presented prizes to shortlisted entrants, whilst Kerang South Primary School grade three student Lilliana Goudie-McKay received the highest award for the event – the Gannawarra Shire Book Award.

Gemma Pengelly, also from Kerang South received the Shire Encouragement Award.

Cr Fehring said reading was “the most beautiful habit in the world”.

“When you get the chance to read, you’re in control and you’re in a world of you’re own. Your imagination becomes the power,” he said.

“Reading books is still important today. Even more important than those things called computers.”

Cr Fehring echoed the sentiments for the day, saying that every student participating was a champion.

Library service member, Sue Gillingham said it was great to see all the students participating.

“Every class that has come into the library over the last week has showed exemplary behaviour,” she said.

“There are some fantastic costumes today – some of you look unrecognisable.”

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