Ali Curung Police have been assisting with the 'Books In Home’ project in Ali Curung community.
The program is run by Scholastic books in conjunction with the Families as First Teachers (FaFT) local representative Lisa Rayner, and the Northern Territory Department of Education.
The program ensures that three times a year, children who attend school receive a book pack to take home and read themselves. These book packs are tailored for the children's reading level and enjoyment, and provide the opportunity to practice at home by themselves or with their family.
Constable Mathew Jones; Community Engagement Police Officer in Ali Curung, attended Alekarenge (Ali Curung) school on Wednesday, 7th December, 2011 and read a story to two classes. The crowd favourite was "Goldilocks and the three Koalas" by Kel Richards; it engrossed the children, however, many comments were made that koalas were not actually bears!
After the reading, the Scholastic donated books were distributed and Alekarenge School reinforced the principle of reading, by having the middle school children assist the younger children in an ongoing 'buddy' program. This has been met with great excitement and anticipation by the children.
The 'Books In Home' project demonstrates the ongoing co-operation between the Northern Territory Police and other agencies working in Ali Curung Community.