Paint Port Lincoln REaD introduces Shakira

READING: Paint Port Lincoln REaD committee members Tamara Strudwick, Sally Cormack, Robyn Kenny and Amy Kayser read with Shakira the Shark shortly after her hatching.
READING: Paint Port Lincoln REaD committee members Tamara Strudwick, Sally Cormack, Robyn Kenny and Amy Kayser read with Shakira the Shark shortly after her hatching.

The mysterious egg which has been used to promote reading among local children has hatched, unveiling the new face of children's literacy.

Paint Port Lincoln REaD has been transporting the egg to schools across the local partnership with students encouraged to read, sing and rhyme to the egg to help it grow bigger and eventually hatch.

On Friday on the beach near the North Shields jetty the egg finally hatched and the group welcomed their new mascot, Shakira the Shark to the world.

Paint Port Lincoln REaD committee member Sally Cormack said the group knew there was a lot of interest from local students to see what was going to emerge from the egg.

She said as well as paying a visit to schools, the hatching of Shakira will be shared with schools via a video.

"We're quite relieved, we couldn't wait to do it," she said.

"We look forward for Shakira to visit local schools and preschools."

Mrs Cormack said in 12 month's time an annual reading event would be held for Shakira's birthday.

Shakira and her egg was designed thanks to year 9 students at Port Lincoln High School.

Students Grace Thomas, Lucy Bennie and Toula Kapnistis created the eggs the group used with the Chloe Poel designing Shakira and the group logo that will feature Shakira.

"We thought it was really important to work with people in our partnership and the students at the high school," Mrs Cormack said.

Paint Port Lincoln REaD is a part of the national Paint the Town REaD, promoting children's literacy and encouraging people to read with children from birth to prepare them for school.

The local initiative is supported by major sponsor Port Lincoln Bendigo Bank as well as support from the Port Lincoln Schools Partnership and Port Lincoln City Council.