Family Literacy Day is next Wednesday and the GP Children’s Literature Roundtable is highlighting the need for reading in the home. The President of the organization, Serena Boyte-Hawryluk says it is great to have a day dedicated to this.
“Just to highlight that learning begins in the home with the family. The family can really have a huge impact on whether kids see reading in a positive way. Parents set examples by reading themselves or if they read with their kids a lot.”
She adds that making learning opportunities within the home has a major impact on children and their future. The president explains that schools around GP are set to have activities geared towards Family Literacy day. She also says last week they had a Canadian author visiting schools to engage kids and get them interested in writing.
Alongside the celebration of Literacy in the home, the GP Children’s Literature Roundtable provides a program for teachers called “Books for Classrooms”. She says this is the second year for the program.
“Teachers can do a project with their class and submit it to us. We award book bags to the winners.”
She says each of the book bags has $200 worth of books in them and will be given away next week. The President says she wants to make sure there are quality books in classrooms.