Helping kids turn a page

CRESSIDA Toorenburg can still remember her favourite childhood books, with fond memories of being read to as a young girl.

Now the early-learning teacher is looking for help to encourage a new generation of bookworms.

Mrs Toorenburg is recruiting volunteers for one-on-one reading sessions with some of Bundaberg’s 200 kids in care, as part of the not-for-profit Pyjama Foundation’s Pyjama Angel program.

“They are required for one hour a week, for 12 weeks, so they can build a strong rapport and relationship with the kids,” Mrs Toorenburg said.

“It doesn’t have to be just reading, but anything that focuses on literacy skills like cooking or writing shopping lists.”

Pyjamas are not mandatory, but a love of literature is. To volunteer, call Mrs Toorenburg on 0417 761 593.



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