Literacy competition goes “Creepy Crawly”

May 20, 2009

Primary School Students across NSW and QLD have the opportunity once again to see their stories published and distributed to local schools, all it takes is a little "underground" imagination.

For the seconded year running, the Cotton Catchment Communities Cooperative Research Centre (Cotton CRC) has joined forces with the Central West CMA and PeeKdesigns to deliver a fun educational activity which encourages Primary School children in the Border Rivers Catchment including Bingara, Moree and Inverell to write and illustrate a 16 page school reader.

This year, the theme of the competition is Creepy Crawlies…Life underground. Giving students in grades 3-7 an opportunity to research, write and illustrate a story about there favourite underground creepy crawlies, like worms, centipedes, spiders and ants.

Trudy Staines, Education Officer with the Cotton CRC said the development of these readers is an important teaching tool and learning process for teachers, the students, and their parents.

"By combining science and literature for Primary School aged children, the competition aims to highlight some of the great local stories that kids can identify with and to instil a lifetime interest in the local environment".


Last year’s competition based on "Bugs Beetles Bats and Birds has seen Maddison Eastcott Layton and Brielle Mack of Bingara Central School awarded first place for their story entitled "Saved", said Ms Staines.

Winning entries will be published and distributed throughout cotton growing regions from the Fitzroy basin in north QLD to the Murrumbidgee in southern NSW.

For more information and to enter your school, please see the Cotton CRC web page or contact Trudy Staines on: (02) 6799 2478.