By LEIGH PRITCHARD
COLIN Woods is a boy of few words, yet he loves to read them.
Yesterday, the Tucabia Public School Year 6 student and school captain won a competition through the 'Holiday Reading is RAD' program to name a cartoon character.
Colin's teacher of four years, Sam Murgatroyd, said 15 Tucabia students took part in the statewide Priority Schools Funding Program (PSFP).
"I am happy I beat private schools, public schools are better," Colin said.
PSFP officer Margaret Hunter said over the six-week Christmas break 91 per cent of students improved their reading standard or maintained it.
Colin and the 21 Year 5 and 6 Tucabia students were inducted as peer mediators and presented their badges by School Education director Ron Phillips.
Kindergarten-Year 1 teacher Lynne Essery said the peer mediation program had created a hap- pier school environment over four years.