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Paint Cumberland REaD

Paint Cumberland REaD is a community literacy capacity building program. The program’s aim is to work with the community to support the development of children’s early literacy skills from birth to encourage and prepare children for when they start school.

Research shows that foundation skills learnt between the ages of 0 and 5 years are critical for developing literacy skills at school. The philosophy adopted is that literacy is a key to life’s success.

Poppy the Possum is Paint Cumberland REaD’s furry mascot who ventures to education and care services, public places, and local events to promote these skills through interactions and stories.

Poppy sitting in a park wearing a birthday hat and holding a book

Having Poppy around to promote literacy is an ideal way to show the community your commitment whilst marketing your service or business.

Please use the Paint Cumberland REaD request form (PDF, 556.35 KB) to book Poppy for an event or contact Children’s Services on 8757 9000 for more details.