Below is an excerpt from the Young Witness newspaper Sept 14, 2012
A class from Bribbaree Public School is now the proud owner of $1000 worth of new books and a colourful reading mat thanks to one of their fellow students.
Grade 3 student, Alex Newell, won the inaugural Terry Bros Carpet Court Storybook Challenge.
Alex submitted a story about what he loves the most in his community, winning the prize for his classroom, as well as a book package worth $250 for himself. Alex’s story talked about his quiet and friendly neighbourhood.
There was an overwhelming response from the Young community to the competition with wonderfully creative stories and pictures submitted from primary schools in the local area.
The entries were voted for by the community to establish five finalists, which were then judged by Peter Terry of Terry Bros Carpet Court along with author Tracey Hawkins.
Mr Terry said Alex should feel very proud of his creative efforts and it was great to see his take on our community.
“Congratulations to all the students that entered the Storybook Challenge, there were so many great drawings it was hard to pick just one winner!” he said.
Tracey Hawkins, author of Max Meets a Monster said, it was a pleasure to judge the finalist entries in the competition.
“I was delighted to discover common valued themes within the entries,” she said.
“Many of the children wrote of the fabulous community sporting facilities provided, the green space and parklands available for play, and how friendly people were in their community. Congratulations to all who entered,” Ms Hawkins said.
More than 1700 NSW children entered the Storybook Challenge, describing what they love about their community.
The program, which is being run in conjunction with the National Year of Reading, aims to encourage more shared reading and creative writing in classrooms across Australia.