No flies on these kids as launch draws near

BOOK PROJECT: The Henty Public School students and farming family who joined forces to produce a book as part of Creative Catchment Kids.“WEwould love it do it again and will never look at a pat of manure in the same way.”
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A group of Hentystudents have written a book aboutdung beetles,to be launched at Henty Machinery Field Days, as part of an award-winning environmental program.

Cindy’s Beetles Beat the Flies, written byImogen Jones, Joely Scott, Sarah Brennan, Tara Scholz, Preston Coe andCharlie Doig, is one of three books that will be unveiled at the field days under the banner of Creative Catchment Kids.Aprogram involving more than60 schools in the Murray, Riverina and Western regions of NSW, Creative Catchment Kids encourages children to research, write and publish books about local people and groups who are helping toimprove the environment.

The project, a partnership betweenWirraminna Environmental Education Centreand the Murray Darling Association,won the 2015 NSW Junior LandcareTeam Awardand has just been announced as the state’s representativeat the national awards early next year.

“To be down to the last five or six in Australia, it’s prettyamazing,” program manager Owen Dunlop said.

Creative Catchment Kids began in 2010 and has produced more than 200 books in the past coupleof years.

Mr Dunlop said because the children had to conduct interviews and then write and illustrate their books, they gained many skills in the process.

“It’s really positive and it builds self-esteem in children,” he said.

“We don’t always choose the most gifted or the outstanding literary kids.

“It’s pleasing to see that when children are involved over 12 months, they gain in confidence and you can just see theyget a real boost out of it.”

Henty Public School is a regular participantin Creative Catchment Kids,with lastyear’s book focusing on the field days event itself.

Assistant principal Mary Liston said thisyear the children visited a family who had introduced dung beetles on to their farming property as a way of increasing soil productivity.

Cindy’s Beetles Beat the Fliesis the result, with the children enjoying the experience.

“Learning about dung beetles was fun and a different topic to learn about,” onesaid.

Mrs Liston said the children were proud to have published their own work.

“The whole idea of the books is they’re targeted to other school-aged children and trying to raise that environmental awareness,” she said.

“It’s been a great exercise in terms of awareness and obviously the kids feel very proactive having this kind of a role.”

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