Paint the Town REaD visits Kimba

Young children at the Kimba Area School were treated with a special visit, with the Paint the Town REaD book relay team pulling into the school oval with a police escort.

Rhonda Brain OAM, Barbie Bates and Hugh Todd have been travelling from one side of the country to the other in a little red car to promote the importance of reading to children from birth to assist their development.

Drawing inspiration from the Olympic torch relay, the group began at the Western Australian Parliament and are heading to Woolongong, bringing along a torch of their own and accumulating a book of signatures to present to relay patron Lady Lynne Cosgrove.

The team visited Wudinna in the morning, and were on their way to Port Augusta next.

Students from kindergarten to year one wore red to welcome the team, who introduced them to the 'Reading Bug.'

The Reading Bug then encouraged local Carmen Rayner to read the children a book, with the students hanging on every word.

The visit ended with a series of relays, where students ran, skipped and jumped their way across the outdoor gym with book in hand.

The relay will reach its final destination on May 22, concluding in a Simultaneous Storytime event where towns along the route can join in.