Katelyn's Huge Heart for Reading

Katelyn Johns of Year 4 at Kingsway Christian College may be only ten years old but she is a young lady with a big vision. Katelyn has started her own initiative to help promote a love of reading by sending books to schools that need help with their literacy resources.

In Katelyn’s own words this is what she has been involved with: “So far I have sent eleven books to seven schools in need this year. I send books to schools in need because I like to help students around Australia so they can have a book to read, enjoy and learn new things.

To help select a school I go on the internet and type a country town, select a school from that town and investigate if they require my help. I have been privileged to receive feedback. I have received letters emails and even a cool hat with a school logo and lots of other things. I even have been mentioned in the town’s local paper. I started this initiative this year and have received loads of support from my mum.”
Earlier in 2012 Katelyn was the top fundraiser in Western Australia in the Premier’s Reading Challenge, raising a total of $1190 for the Multiple Sclerosis Association of WA. In February Katelyn was a guest at Parliament House in recognition of her outstanding effort in fundraising where she attended a special morning tea along with other top fundraisers.

“So it is with children who learn to read fluently and well: They begin to take flight into whole new worlds as effortlessly as young birds take to the sky.” said William James. Katelyn’s endeavours this year certainly lend truth to these words