September 18th was Raise-A-Reader Day in PEI. Thanks to the efforts of The Guardian, the Journal-Pioneer, and scores of volunteers, over $13,000 was collected for the work of the PEI Literacy Alliance.
Despite e-mail, texting and twitter, being able to speak clearly and listen well are skills everyone needs. Oral communication is the ability to use speech to share thoughts and information. This issue of Live and Learn looks at different aspects of oral communication.
The PEI Literacy Alliance is the recipient of money raised across PEI on Postmedia’s Raise-A-Reader Day. Last September almost $10,000 was raised for the Summer Tutoring Program for Kids.
Celebrate Family Literacy - According to the Family Literacy Foundation, having a parent or other caring person read aloud with their children helps children learn listening skills, vocabulary and language skills, as well as develop imagination and creativity.
The PEI Literacy Alliance is proud to sponsor Treasures to Find, which celebrates magical possibilities for both children and adults. Author and illustrator Dale McNevin has generously donated her royalties to the Alliance.
Spelling Bee Champs - The Alliance continues its tradition of participating in PEI spelling bees. We were judges at the recent provincial bee in Summerside.
On March 3 the Alliance hosted its semi-annual meeting at the Culinary Institute. Twenty–nine members and guests enjoyed a lovely meal and heard a presentation from Brian Oulton of the PEI Trucking Sector Council.
Ministers from the Atlantic provinces responsible for education and training have reaffirmed their commitment to promoting and improving literacy. At a recent meeting the ministers reviewed progress made in the implementation of their 2009 plan, Literacy: Key to Learning and Path to Prosperity – An Action Plan for Atlantic Canada 2009-2014.
Crystal Matheson of Trout River Industries receives the 2010 Council of the Federation Literacy Award from PEI Premier Robert Ghiz. The award celebrates outstanding achievement, innovative practice and excellence in literacy.
On Wednesday, June 2 the Alliance hosted lunch with local researchers to discuss family literacy. Dr. Jim Anderson, family literacy expert from UBC gave an overview of trends and issues in Canada. He also spoke about his own work.
In February the Alliance gathered a group of people with some knowledge about the literacy and essential skills scene in PEI. The purpose of the meeting was to find out information to feed into an environmental scan.
Special Family Literacy edition. Family literacy is a community-based effort to promote and support the literacy of children. It also promotes life-long learning within the family and the community. Family literacy builds stronger families and healthier communities.
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