Yass Book Week Parade returns thanks to a generous donation

Yass' popular Book Week Parade will return in October thanks to a donation from a local club.

The Lions Club of Yass has donated $2000 to the Binit Binit Learning Community, which runs the parade involving more than 1000 students.

Another $500 will be donated to the parade by the club in October.

Local school students dress up as their favourite book characters during the 2016 Book Parade in Yass.

Local school students dress up as their favourite book characters during the 2016 Book Parade in Yass.

The parade has been running since 2016 and includes Yass, Berinba, Gunning, Dalton, Wee Jasper and Rye Park Public and Yass High Schools.

Mt Carmel School and local early childhood centres have also been invited to join this year's parade.

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Berinba Public School teacher Hayley Bradley decided to start the parade in Yass while she was the school's relieving librarian.

Mrs Bradley had seen a Book Week parade on the mid-north coast.

"We needed a way to teach the children to love books and learn how to read," she said.

"I suggested the Yass Book Parade to school staff and with their encouragement and support I set about planning and inviting other schools and early learning centres."

Students are encouraged to dress-up as their favourite book character and then walk down the main street of Yass.

Book Week is held between August 17-23 but the parade will be on October 28 when it's warmer.

Lions Club of Yass former president Stan Luff presents the cheque for $2000 to Yass Public School principal Michelle Fahey and Berinba Public School teacher Hayley Bradley. Photo: Hannah Sparks

Lions Club of Yass former president Stan Luff presents the cheque for $2000 to Yass Public School principal Michelle Fahey and Berinba Public School teacher Hayley Bradley. Photo: Hannah Sparks

Yass Public School principal Michelle Fahey helped Mrs Bradley ask the Lions Club for funding.

"The children love dressing up the part. They think about their costumes and who they want to be," Mrs Fahey said.

Mrs Bradley said the Learning Community wanted to run the parade again but that "it's a fairly expensive operation."

In the past, the Learning Community has also hosted authors, activities in the park and run a scavenger hunt by placing books in local shop windows.

Mrs Bradley said they'd love to invite Jackie French who wrote Diary of a Wombat, Dippy's Big Day Out and Millie Loves Ants, among others.

Local school students dress up as 'Thing 3' and 'Thing 1' during the 2016 Book Week Parade in Yass.

Local school students dress up as 'Thing 3' and 'Thing 1' during the 2016 Book Week Parade in Yass.

The donation from Lions will allow students to step into character once again and teachers to plan another big Book Week.

The Binit Binit Learning Community is inviting the whole community to put on a costume this year and is hoping to get Yass Valley Council's support to shut Comur Street for the parade.

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