Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Canada Post Awards - Some Motivation!

Hi again,

Anyone looking for motivation re: tutoring and literacy should check out the Canada Post Literacy Awards!

The 2006 Call for Nominations begins on March 27, 2006 and nominations close on May 26, 2006.

Courtesy of their website:

The Canada Post Literacy Awards is a national awards program dedicated to recognizing grassroots literacy initiatives. The awards celebrate the achievements of learners and the contributions of educators, community programs, and businesses to the cause of literacy.

The four award categories are: Individual Achievement, Educator, Community Leadership and Business Leadership. Nominations close on May 26, 2006.

What I found specifically interesting was browsing through the past winners and what they had accomplished. How`s that for motivation! Thanks to What's New in JK-12 Education for the info!

In other news, courtesy of Jen Robinson's Book Page I came across yet another book blog called Kim's Book Blog. She reviews quite a few of the children's book award winners. Also learnt about a cool program in the US through her blog called Read Across America. Be good to know if we have similar programs in Canada.

And finally, courtesy of ABC Canada - the search is on for young writing talent in Canada!

Canadian students in grades five and six have the chance to see their short stories published, thanks to the launch of the GMAC Great Canadian Writing Contest, a national, annual, bilingual contest made possible by General Motors Acceptance Corporation of Canada, Limited (GMAC) and managed by ABC CANADA Literacy Foundation.

To enter the contest - beginning March 13 and running until May 8, 2006 - students submit an original story, in English or French, of no more than 150 words, based on the contest theme of travel, along with an illustrated 'book cover' that they have made. A judging panel will assess the entries and the winning stories will be announced the week of May 22.

The grand prize is a visit from Canadian author Kenneth Oppel to their school, library or family literacy program. Mr. Oppel's beloved books include Skybreaker, Airborne (recipient of the 2004 Governor General's Literary Award for Children's Text), and the Silverwing, Sunwing and Firewing saga.





At 3:50 PM, Blogger Kim said...

Hi Louise,
Thanks for plugging my blog. Can I add a link on my blog to your blog?

At 3:58 PM, Blogger Students For Literacy Ottawa said...

Hi Kim,

Please do! Next time I update my side lists I'll add yours to the list of blogs.




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