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Children’s events funded

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October 11, 2017

The Sir Edward 'Weary' Dunlop Learning Centre will host the workshop.

The Victorian Government is helping put on fun, educational — and free — events this October for Benalla families and children as part of Children’s Week.

State Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes recently announced that Benalla Rural City Council was among the 69 recipients of a Children’s Week grant, receiving funding to help it hold #Fun #Create #Experiment.

#Fun #Create #Experiment is an after school event, which will be held at the Benalla Library on Tuesday, October 24, 3.15pm to 5pm.

It is a joint partnership between Benalla Family Services and the Sir Edward ‘‘Weary’’ Dunlop Learning Centre, and includes:

●A free afternoon tea of fresh fruit;

●An opportunity to participate in storytelling and book reading;

●Hands-on activities involving science, experiments and engineering;

●Indoor and outdoor activities for parents and children; and

●Free books for families.

The array of grants announced range from $500 to $1300 and will be provided to not-for-profit organisations and councils to host free and fun activities for families as part of Children’s Week, which runs from October 21 to 29.

‘‘We are helping families in Benalla hold free events that will be fun and full of help when it comes to raising happy, healthy kids ready for kinder, ready for school and ready for life,’’ Ms Symes said.

‘‘Children’s Week is a fantastic celebration that recognises the talents, skills and achievements of children in Benalla.’’

The 2017 Children’s Week theme recognises the power of education to transform a child’s life.

Children’s Week events are free for families with children aged 0-12 years and are a great opportunity for families to enjoy a fun, engaging and educational experience.

These grants reinforce the government’s commitment to its $202.1 million Education State Early Childhood Reform Plan, which recognises the importance of providing families with strong support in early childhood.

●For more information, visit www.education.vic.gov.au/about/events/Pages/childrensweek.aspx

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