Today - September 8th - is
National Literacy Day
"Literacy is a bridge from misery to hope -
Literacy is a key lever of change and a practical tool of empowerment on each of the three main pillars of sustainable development: economic development, social development and environmental protection."
Former UN Secretary-General, Kofi Annan
Today is International Literacy Day, a day when UNESCO reminds us that literacy is a human right and the foundation of all learning. For more information about International Literacy Day click here. To access a blog that lists "best" resources for teaching literacy skills you can click here. It is worth a click and a look! If you click here, you can see a very informative info-graphic about international literacy.
Literacy is Life Campaign - Month of September
Decoda Literacy Solutions is launching a province-wide fundraising and awareness campaign called Literacy is Life. The campaign will raise awareness of the importance of literacy; create a new, modern understanding of literacy; and raise funds to ensure that community-based literacy programs across British Columbia can support the people who depend on them.
You can learn more about the Literacy is Life campaign by going to http://decoda.ca/literacyislife/
Did you know literacy matters for HEALTH?? Thirty percent of those with high literacy say they have excellent health, compared to 19 percent of those with low literacy. Researchers estimate that three to five percent of total health care costs are due to limited understanding about health information. This translates into $680 million each year in B.C.
The Tri-Cities Literacy Committee purchased 300 Literacy Manifestos to be distributed throughout the community. If you would like to see what they look like, click here. These manifestos are available for your organization and if you want some please contact Barb Mancell - firstname.lastname@example.org
Stories Galore and More - a big success AGAIN!
During July and August, Stories Galore and More facilitators Tazeen, Linda and Deborah, along with numerous volunteers from Community Volunteer Connections, visited seven parks per week for six weeks. The program was a success because of the partnerships of many community organizations. For example, in the photos above, you can see how the Port Moody Library came to Rocky Point Park to have a book swap at the same time as the program. Thank you to all the organizations who helped us get this off the ground once again: Coquitlam Parks and Rec, Port Coquitlam Parks and Rec, The City of Port Moody, Tri-Cities Family Place, Community Volunteer Connections, Terry Fox Library, Port Moody Library and the Coquitlam Public Libary. Thank you to Decoda and Raise a Reader for providing the funds for this program.
Our final count of participants over the six weeks: 1065 children and adults.
Speaking of Raise a Reader...
Something Fun to Read
According to this article, Readers, scientifically, are the best people to fall in love with. Click here to read the article....what do you think???