KOOKAS CLUB: Horsham children India Marks, 8, Steven Matthews Junior, 9, and, right, Katrina Taylor-Campbell, 8, read a story with Horsham Indigenous Parent and Community Engagement offi cer Margaret Fry at the launch of a new Koori children’s club, or KOOKAS Club, at Horsham Library on Wednesday. Picture: SAMANTHA CAMARRIHORSHAM Mayor Mandi Stewart officially launched a Koori children’s club at Horsham Library on Wednesday.
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Wimmera Southern Mallee LLEN and Goolum Goolum Aboriginal Co-operative will run the club at the library on Wednesdays and at Goolum Goolum on Mondays.

Cr Stewart addressed a group of 40 students, parents and stakeholders and urged them to take advantage of the library and the treasures it held.

“The library and elders are a treasure trove and I hope coming here will encourage you,” she said.

Horsham Indigenous Parent and Community Engagement officer Margaret Fry said the Koori Kids After School, or KOOKAS Club, would be open to all prep to year 12 students during the school term.

The club will provide learning support to students, parents and family members, with weekly sessions at Horsham Library every Wednesday from 3.45pm to 5pm.

Sessions will run at Goolum Goolum on Mondays from 3.45pm to 5pm.

Miss Fry said a similar program ran when her son was at school and was worthwhile.

“My son is 26 now, so we decided it was time to get this up and running again,” she said.

“The aim is for parents and children to study and complete further education, with an emphasis on adult education as well as junior.

“The club starts at 3.45pm with parents to drop their children off.

“Goolum Goolum will then drop children home to their front door.”

Stacey Marks-Haebich of Horsham said she brought her two daughters Marli, 6, and Daphne, 8, and nieces Shanita, 12, and Selina, 11, to the launch to encourage them with their studies.

Miss Marks-Haebich, 26, is also completing certificates in education and community services and said the club would benefit her whole family.

“We are hoping to come both days every week,” she said.

Miss Fry thanked Horsham Library manager Mary Dalgleish, Goolum Goolum chief executive Wally Coleman and staff and Wimmera Southern Mallee LLEN for supporting the club.

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