Thursday, October 30, 2014

Family literacy event planned

The Coming Together for Kids Coalition is encouraging families to have “15 Minutes of Fun” learning together.
The group is hosting a Children’s Services Fair, in conjunction with Family Literacy Day, next Monday (Jan. 27).

“It’s a great way for people to get to know what’s available here,” noted Miranda Sigurdson of the Northwestern Health Unit.
She added they held a similar event back in October, 2010, which saw a great response.
Only this time, in keeping with the literacy theme, all service providers on hand will have a different literacy activity for children, such as fishing for letters or an “I Spy” game to search for different letters and characters.
“All of the booths will be interactive,” Sigurdson stressed.
“So instead of parents just collecting pamphlets, it gets the children involved and the whole family having fun together,” she reasoned.
Sigurdson said they want to enforce the message of ABC Life Literacy Canada that “it only takes 15 minutes to build literacy into your family time together.”
She added the event will be targeted to children up to age six, but that older children likely will enjoy aspects of it, as well.
“I think it will be really fun,” Sigurdson enthused.
The event will run from 4-7 p.m. at the Fort Frances Public Library Technology Centre, which is ideal for a literacy event.
“It’s just a great venue and I think will be a perfect place for families to come together,” Sigurdson remarked.
The Sunset Country Métis will provide a free dinner in the Shaw Room and some door prizes also will be up for grabs.
“People can come and go as they please, taking part in whatever is going on at the time,” Sigurdson said.
For more information, call Sigurdson at 274-9827.

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