Responsibility. With a badge emblazoned on her uniform, Edith Creek Primary School student Gracey Woolnough takes pride in her role in the Premier’s Reading Challenge.
As a Student Reading Ambassador, the local student encouraged her peers to read at least 10 books in 10 weeks as part of the annual statewide literacy concept.
Alongside fellow ambassadors Miah Blake, 11, Teila Blake, 9, and Nathan Morgan-French, 9, the 10-year-old assisted students and teachers in navigating the website, logging books and reviewing reads throughout the challenge.
“I had wanted to be a reading ambassador last year and the year before that,” says Gracey of her ambitions.
Fulfilling the responsibility with the utmost attention to detail this year, Gracey was nominated for Outstanding Student Reading Ambassador of which she was honoured as a north west runner-up and received a prize pack including six tickets to the AFL clash between the Hawthorn Hawks and Gold Coast Suns at the University of Tasmania Stadium in Launceston on Saturday.
In between taking the time to assist fellow students and keeping up with her studies, Gracey immersed herself in 122 books over the course of the challenge.
“A book can take you somewhere,” she says.
“You’re in their shoes, and can see things from their view.”
Her highest review? Wesley Booth, Super Sleuth by Adam Cece. The tale of a super sleuth and his biggest, and first, real case.
As a Student Reading Ambassador, Gracey says she has grown as a leader, learnt how to manage her time and prioritise, and has gained the art of patience.
“Being an ambassador is a big role, there are a lot of responsibilities.”