Did you know that one in five children in our community struggle to read, write and spell?
October is Dyslexia Awareness Month and to raise awareness for the affliction, Port Macquarie will be a blaze of red tonight, Thursday, October 15.
The iconic Tacking Point Lighthouse, the Glasshouse and the Town Square will all be lit up in the colour of red. The Westport Club and St Agnes Parish schools will also light their LED signs red, along with many other local schools and businesses.
We would love people in our community to get along to one of these Go Red for Dyslexia light-ups, take a photo and post it to social media with the hashtags #GoRedForDyslexia #GoRedMNC.
It's important we identify dyslexia early, so children can access the help they need to read and write. If we don't pick it up when kids are young, they become adults who find it even more difficult in their day to day life.
Not all children will have dyslexia, but the interventions for children with dyslexia and children struggling to read are the same, and early intervention is key.
The Dyslexia Mid North Coast group is doing fantastic things to bring awareness to dyslexia, offering information and support to parents navigating their children's learning difficulties.
So, let's shine a light on dyslexia and get along to one of these locations on Thursday night.
What a magnificent ArtWalk event we had last week, with the Longest Footpath Gallery across Wauchope, Laurieton and Port Macquarie CBD's, impressive Artist Markets in each locality plus a smorgasbord of satellite events that captured the essence of local culture and artistic talent.
It was wonderful to see so many of our local businesses supporting our arts industry with beautiful and vibrant exhibitions on display in shop windows.
Congratulations to local artist Rachel Stephan who tallied the most likes on this year's Longest Footpath Art Gallery. Her exhibit titled "Humpback Highway" was inspired by the whale migration and showcased what is possible if we consider the materials we use and how they are used.