Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Students Ready for Class; Successful Exodus Literacy Program Opens Door to Learning

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Students Ready for Class; Successful Exodus Literacy Program Opens Door to Learning

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Byline: Liz Carson

C[pounds sterling]MUM, it wasn't easy but we made it.C[yen]

These words, spoken by 10-year-old Jacob Howard, summed up the experience of 16 children who had just completed the intensive 18-week Exodus literacy program.

Nine boys and seven girls graduated from the program yesterday. watched on by proud parents and siblings, grandparents and members of the community, including business identities who mentored the students.

The Exodus Tutorial Centre provides a literacy program for students aged between nine and 15. Students who attend the centre are nominated by their schools and are generally in Year 6 or 7 but have literacy levels about two years below their chronological age.

The 21st intake of students to complete the program were applauded as they entered the hall at Gladstone South State School.

Centre president Chris Tanner spoke to the students, telling them C[pounds sterling]literacy is the key to educationC[yen] and C[pounds sterling]every day is a learning day and a day lost is a day lost foreverC[yen]. …

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