Challenge on at Araluen

ARALUEN Primary school will enter the Carpet Court Storybook Challenge to go in the running to win prizes including $1000 in books and colourful reading mats for their classrooms, as well as individual prizes.

The storybook challenge is part of a wider community initiative called the Carpet Court Learning Network aimed at fostering literacy skills among Australia’s youth and aims to encourage children to read.

Araluen Primary School principal Karen Milner said the storybook challenge was well suited to the students at the school because they loved to read.

“The kids are always excited when we get new books and any opportunity we have to give them new books we will take,” she said.

The storybook challenge is now open to children in grades one to four in the Sale area.

Entrants must describe what they love most about their local community and provide an illustration.

Ms Milner said 50 students from grades three and four would be entering on behalf of Araluen.

“It’s great that the competition requires students to write about their local community,” she said.

Eligible entries will be displayed on www.facebook.com/CarpetCourt where the public can vote to determine the top five finalists.

Finalists will be judged by a panel at Carpet Court, including a successful children’s author, with winners for each participating store announced from April 16.

Schools can win the chance to have their school floors made over with a new flooring grants for schools initiative.