Gary the Goat, Mai-Wel’s first children’s book
Gary The Goat, a children’s book illustrated and written by Mai-Wel participants Codie DeHaart, Dianne Melrose, Emma Parks and Jeni Sullivan, has found a new home at Kindy Patch Early Education Centre in Largs.
The talented authors and illustrators were inspired to write the book for their friends who they visit each month for morning tea and a variety of activities that encourage communication, understanding and relationships.
By working on the book from scratch, including storyline development, writing and artwork design, the participants developed new language, art and computer skills.
The group’s regular visit to Kindy Patch was initiated by the centre’s staff who invited the group to morning tea with the children. The enjoyment and positive outcomes for participants, children and staff has certainly made this a worthwhile regular activity.
The participants look forward to the Kindy Patch visits. The opportunity to spend time with the children has allowed for development of friendships, confidence, leadership skills, respect and understanding.
Codie says she values the visits and the chance to interact with the children, bringing her closer to her dream career in childcare. Emma also enjoys the visits. She most enjoys painting and playing games with the children.
Pictured above: Mai-Wel Support Worker, Rosie Whitaker, and participant Jeni Sullivan enjoy reading stories to the children at Kindy Patch.