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Cuddle Bugs celebrate Book Week

21 10 2020 Lucy Smith, Cassandra Smith and Rubi-lee Whitmore at
Lucy Smith, Cassandra Smith and Rubi-lee Whitmore at the Cuddle Bugs book week

From cats in hats to wondrous wizards, there was no shortage of creativity at Cuddle Bugs Kindergarten on Wednesday.

The children, their parents and educators all dressed up in creative costumes from 19 to 23 October to celebrate 2020 Book Week.

This year's Book Week highlighted the importance of reading in what's been a challenging year for students and teachers.

“Early literacy is really important to us, so reading, looking at pictures and how stories are put together is something we look at all year around,” said Cuddle Bugs Kindergarten owner and director Nicole James.

“Book Week is a special week where we all like to get dressed up and celebrate literacy

“Particularly for these kids who will be going off to school soon, if they can have books in their lives from a young age it really helps with their education.”

With some students dressed up as Teenage Ninja Mutant Turtles, it was apt they were also learning about how to reduce waste and litter to help sea turtles survive.

Nicole said the kindergarten had been waiting for the news of the first turtle to arrive at Mon Repos so they could ring the bells.

She said in preparation they had been learning about how to look after the marine environment.

“Sustainability is a big part of what we do here at Cuddle Bugs and in particular we’ve been looking at marine wildlife and cleaning up the beaches,” Nicole said.

“We’ve been teaching the kids how we can live sustainability and we talk about cut the glow and turning off the lights at night.

“They’re all really inquisitive about what happens to the turtles and understand that it’s important we stop litter and do more to ensure it doesn’t get into the ocean.”

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