The 2017 Victorian Premiers’ Reading Challenge
This year we celebrated the 13th year of the annual Victorian Premiers’ Reading Challenge.
As the patron, and on behalf of former Premiers John Cain, Jeff Kennett, Steve Bracks, John Brumby, Ted Baillieu and Denis Napthine, I congratulate all Victorian children and students who participated in this year’s Challenge.
I am delighted to see that it continues to be such a popular program, with more than 242,362 school students and 8,041 children in early childhood taking up the Challenge.
Together, they read over 4 million books – a huge accomplishment. But more than that, they went on amazing adventures, discovered new lands and broadened their horizons.
We know that reading plays an important role in a child’s development. By encouraging our kids to love reading, we’re helping to set them on a path for success in learning, and in life.
I would like to extend my thanks to the participants, but also to the teachers, principals, early childhood educators, parents, carers and grandparents for their ongoing support of the Challenge.
The Hon Daniel Andrews MP
Premier of Victoria