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Mick has always worked closely with the Port Augusta community, having previously held roles at Uniting Care Wesley, the Port Augusta Youth Centre, as an elected member of the Port Augusta City Council and has been actively involved in local cricket and football clubs.
The Smith Family is always looking for volunteers to help deliver its programs to the Port Augusta community.
high school to further education or work.
The pair spends about one hour per week reading on the phone to help improve reading skills and confidence levels.
If you are interested in volunteering please contact Mick on 8641 3368 or 0427 995 010.
The Smith Family has Prada Mens Wallet Blue introduced the Let's Read program to the Early Year's Parenting Centre, Aboriginal Families Team, Aboriginal Family Support Service and the Port Augusta Children's Centre.
In 2014 the Smith Family will be coordinating the online mentoring program iTrack.
"Volunteering is a rewarding experience with two fold benefits," Mr Penglase said.
"It's amazing the difference that reading to your kids right from birth can make," Mr Penglase said.
The Smith Family also facilitates a Learning Club at the Port Augusta Children's Centre located at the Carlton School.
In partnership with the Port Augusta Secondary School and SA Water Adelaide these include Next Steps a school to work transition workshop, and University Experience Tours.
The Smith Family has also held a number of Straight Talks, where successful local people speak to students and tell them their life stories.
"I enjoy helping people that need and want it most, and it's particularly fulfilling to help invest in the education of our children," Mr Penglase said.
Another program with great potential for the community is the student2student reading program which links a competent reader with a younger 'buddy'.
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"I am so thrilled to be able to work with students and families to help them create a better future for themselves."
The Smith Family, a national children's charity which supports disadvantaged children in Australia through education, has been working in the Port Augusta community since late 2011, and currently supports 240 students in the area.
"It's such a great program for both students and it really has an impact on their self esteem and confidence."
Let's Read is an early childhood literacy program that encourages parents to start reading with their children before they start school.
has recently welcomed Mick Penglase to the team as Learning for Life program coordinator for Port Augusta.
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It provides a safe and supportive out of hours learning environment, which gives the opportunity for parents to be more involved in their child's learning.
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Along with the Learning for Life scholarship program which provides financial support to families for their children's education expenses, an important part of the Smith Family's work in the community is the introduction of various educational programs to assist children with their learning.
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Mick welcomed to Smith Family team
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