Released on January 26, 2018
The Government of Saskatchewan has proclaimed Saturday, January 27, 2018 as Family Literacy Day in Saskatchewan.
Family Literacy Day is a national initiative held every year to raise awareness of the importance of reading and engaging in literacy-related activities as a family. This will be the 20th year Family Literacy Day is proclaimed in Saskatchewan.
“Family Literacy Day is an opportunity for families to learn and grow together,” Education Minister Bronwyn Eyre said. “By taking the time every day to read or play with their children, parents can improve a child’s literacy skills dramatically. I encourage everyone to celebrate by taking some time to read together.”
The Government of Saskatchewan continues to support the literacy development of children and families by funding 20 literacy camps every summer. Eight family literacy hubs across the province are funded to provide family literacy services, training and resources in their communities.
The government also partners with the Saskatchewan Literacy Network (SLN) to support the literacy sector and deliver family literacy practitioner training and resources throughout the province.
“Family Literacy Day is the perfect time to highlight the importance of learning together as a family!” SLN Executive Director Phaedra Hitchings said. “Families use literacy to grow, learn, strengthen relationships, and participate in their communities. Activities such as reading, playing games, visiting the library, grocery shopping, and cooking together are excellent opportunities for parents and extended family to prepare children with a solid foundation for school success and lifelong learning.”
Various literacy events will be held across the province to mark this day. For example, the West Central Literacy Committee will be launching one of their new free mini libraries at the Rosetown Civic Centre. Prince Albert Literacy Network will organize a Read, Move, Share! event in the Gateway Mall. The Regina Public Library will present an afternoon of stories and fun activities, sharing new ways to make story time a part of family time.
For more events, please visit http://saskliteracy.ca/literacy-home-2/family-literacy-day. For more information about Family Literacy Day, family literacy resources and literacy initiatives in Saskatchewan, visit the SLN website at http://saskliteracy.ca.
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