Students are invited to write and illustrate an original story to be considered as part of the Greater Shepparton Book Bag Program. The winning story will be included in the three and a half year book bag for the duration of 12 months, with the bag and story handed out to nearly 1,000 families across Greater Shepparton.
Mayor Jenny Houlihan said this is a fantastic opportunity to see some of the creative talent we have across all primary schools in the municipality.
"The book bag program has been running for many years and aims to encourage parents and carers to start reading, talking, singing and playing to children right from birth and on a regular basis. One of the resources included in the bag is a book for parents to share with their children."
"At the moment story books are purchased to include in the bag so this initiative will add a local flavour to the program and give some of our budding young authors an opportunity to showcase their writing skills. We hope to see lots of schools supporting this competition," said Cr Houlihan.
Primary schools can submit up to three original illustrated stories from Grade 5 and 6 students to be considered by the judging panel. The competition closes on Monday 23 June at 3pm. The winner will be announced in July and the winning story will be printed and included in the three and a half year book bag from July 2014 to June 2015.
Information has been sent out to all primary schools in Greater Shepparton, but if you would like further information please contact Belinda Whitelaw, Greater Shepparton City Council Best Start Coordinator on 5832 9700.