HOPE – Book Launch and Exhibition
The University Gallery
23-29 June 2013
HOPE is a children’s book produced by the AIM High program; a team that operates from the University’s Equity and Diversity Unit. The book, written by a member of AIM High, will become a graduation gift for primary school students participating in the Careers Through Reading program.
Book illustrations, by Kiara Mucci, will be on exhibition.
Careers Through Reading is a multi-visit outreach program that involves primary school students in Year 2 and Year 5 being introduced to a variety of career and study options by university students reading them children’s books related to their study/career. Families connected to the schools in which the program runs do not always have the funds or other forms of capital to support students with their own literacy resources. Each student participant of Careers Through Reading receives a book labelled with the University logo and their name as a memento of their participation.
HOPE is based on the principles of positive psychology (the cognitive skill set of Hope Theory in particular) and explores how individuals aspire by identifying and then navigating pathways, through often difficult situations, towards goals that have meaning and purpose.
The book is enhanced by a soundtrack that has been written by University of Newcastle third year Bachelor of Music student Jayden Lawrence and by a unit of work being developed by Dr Heather Sharp and Debbie Bradbery from the Faculty of Education. The soundtrack, ‘read-along’ sound scape and classroom resources will all be available to schools free of charge via a project website. Please join the Vice-Chancellor Professor Caroline McMillen for the launch, which will include book readings