Local students have once again led the way reading their way through countless books in the 2014 Premiers’ Reading Challenge.

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

State Labor Member for Narre Warren South Judith Graley was today joined by the former Premier of Victoria, John Cain at Hillsmeade Primary School and Kilberry Valley Primary to congratulate students on their outstanding efforts.

Ms Graley said that each year local schools went above and beyond to encourage a love of reading in their students.

“Without fail Kilberry Valley Primary School steps up and this year was no exception, with over 800 students participating,”

“Of those students, an incredible 84 read 100 books, topping last year’s effort,”

“Hillsmeade Primary School also got into the action this year with 45 students participating and three who read 50 books.”

“The students at our local schools have once again shown they are champion readers and role models for the rest of the state.”

Ms Graley said that former Premier John Cain was very impressed to see students taking up the Challenge with such passion and enthusiasm.

“Literacy is such an important part of learning and improving so it’s terrific to see so many students developing a love of reading,”

“There is nothing quite like the sense of wonder and excitement a good book provides and I`m so glad to see local students discovering this for themselves.”