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Program assists literacy rates
UC student Laura Press and UC Kaleen student Ben Quigley read together as part of the new literacy mentoring program
run between the two institutions.
A NEW program being run
between the University of Can-
berra and Kaleen High School
is aiming to improve the liter-
acy rates of young people.
students studying the unit Liter-
acy Across Disciplines will
each mentor a Year 7 student
and read with them on a weekly
About 60 mentors will take
part in the program.
Associate professor in liter-
acy Kaye Lowe said the
mentoring program had been
inspired by the U-CAN READ
literacy program aimed at Years
She said mostly the younger
year levels took part in the
program so it was important to
engage with students in high
school who may have fallen
through the gaps.
"The aim is to have kids
engage with good books and be
avid readers," Ms Lowe said.
She said the program, which
is a joint initiative between the
two institutions, would benefit
both sets of students.
The high school students will
receive support and encourage-
ment from their mentors to
develop a love of reading, and
the UC students will learn how
to support teenage readers. She
says the key to a positive
mentoring experience for the
younger students is to create a
safe environment for them.
"It's important for our (uni-
versity) students to realise that
and develop a relationship with
everyone they teach," Ms Lowe
The Year 7 students selected
the book they will read with
their mentor at a book fair held
earlier in August.
When the project is complet-
ed the high school students will
put a sticker inside the book
with their name on it, and it will
be donated to the library.
UC and Kaleen High School
have also applied for funding of
about $400,000 to extend the
program to every student at the
If the bid is successful every
student will gain access to
kindle technology to help foster
their skills and engagement.
Ms Lowe said kindles had
been used with great success in
other literacy improvement
She said some students felt
they were a failure with the
written word but were a success
The kindle has enabled them
to get on with their reading
without worrying about their
perceived lack of skills.
She said students had tran-
sformed from non-readers to
HUNDREDS CAUGHT USING
ACT Police issued 276 traffic
infringement notices to motorists for
using a mobile phone while driving in
the past month (August 1 to 31) as
part of its ongoing traffic campaign.
The mobile phone campaign is the
latest road safety campaign that has
also included crackdowns on drink
driving and speeding.
Among those caught was a 26-year-
old Braddon man who was spotted
driving using two mobile phones while
using his knees to steer. About
11.10am on Wednesday, August 24,
a Traffic Operations member saw the
man driving along Ginninderra Drive,
near Bruce, holding two mobile
phones and using his knees to steer
When the police officer stopped him,
the man said he was putting his wife's
phone number from one phone into
The man was issued with a $271 fine
and the loss of three demerit points.
Police will continue to target mobile
phones for the month of September.
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