State Member for Narre Warren South Judith Graley was today joined by former Premier of Victoria Joan Kirner at two local schools to congratulate students and celebrate the schools’ participation in this year’s Premiers’ Reading Challenge.

Ms Graley and Mrs Kirner today visited Berwick Fields Primary School and Kilberry Valley Primary School in Hampton Park.

“Literacy is such an important part of learning and improving so it’s terrific to see students taking up the Challenge with such energy and enthusiasm,” Ms Graley said

“The students at our local schools are champion readers in Victoria,”

“Kilberry Valley Primary School has again excelled, with nearly 900 students participating in the Challenge,”

“At Kilberry Valley, 65 students read 100 books, including everyone in Ms Patricia Thomas’ class – well done!”

“Berwick Fields Primary School had more than 600 students participate,”

“It was great that former Premier Joan Kirner took the time to visit Kilberry Valley and Berwick Fields to help celebrate this remarkable achievement.”

The Challenge, now in its eighth year, aims to promote a love of reading and encourages students to read broadly.

“Reading is an essential life skill and the Challenge encourages students to discover the wonder and excitement of a good book.” Ms Graley said