In the leadup to NAIDOC week, Lighthouse staff Amy and Belinda have been delivering our Brilliant Bookworms bookbags to primary schools in our region.
The Brilliant Bookworms program promotes literacy, focussing on cultural learning and language. The bookbag champions First Nations culture and includes Isaiah Firebrace's 'Come together', Adam Briggs' 'Our home, our heartbeat' and 'How Turtle got his shell' by James Vance Marshall and Francis Firebrace.
Additionally, the bag includes resources teaching staff can access and information about local First Nations events and activities. Our 'Messages for the Elders' postcards are also included in the bags, providing the opportunity for school communities to share their thoughts and learnings with Elders in our region. These messages will be tied together to form a bunting to be displayed during and after NAIDOC Week.
The Brilliant Bookworms program is a Lighthouse initiative brought to life with funding from the Scanlon Foundation and supported by Hardie Grant publishers. The Lighthouse team are currently working on a second bookbag that reflects our multicultural community. This second bag will be distributed later in the year.