Blending reading and respect

Disadvantaged children are being helped by police case-managed youth in a remarkable joint program out of PCYC Bulli.

The “readercise” police program operated from PCYC Bulli in term three for year 6 female students referred from a disadvantaged local public school.

The program incorporated high school-aged youth at risk and young offenders assisting as reading buddies with the aim of stimulating the participant’s mind and body and incorporating one-on-one supervised reading in conjunction with a fun and disciplined sport, boxing.

Co-ordinator Senior Constable Stephen Lawrence said 12 participants were referred to the program with nine participants achieving 100 per cent attendance.

“By encouraging the participant to read in a friendly, sporting environment, PCYC Bulli, in conjunction with learning an enjoyable sport, improved each participants reading skills, literacy levels, school attendance, physical fitness and sporting skills, self-esteem, self-worth and social skills, behaviour and listening skills and relationships with police and the community,” he said.

“Special thanks goes to the assistance of teaching staff Sharon Hanlon, Maree Youssef, Raelene Rowland, home school liaison officer Kerry Coleman, club manager Matthew Bourne, club president Tom Dawson (all round good guy), Gina Holland (backbone of the club), club volunteers Wade Dibben (Mr “I love Boxing”), Joe Hutchinson (Mr Fix it), Margaret Dawson, Diane Venables, Clare Giles, Karina Reyes and Rachael Orr.

“The program, developed in 2005, continues to be a highly successful early crime prevention program hop over to here.”


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