Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Literacy Updates

Okay, have a couple items of note to report.

As some blogs have noticed, last Friday was International Literacy Day. While I was derelict in my blogging duties, Frontier College marked the occasion with a renewed call for a National Literacy Action Plan.

Also, you may remember a few weeks ago I posted that Students for Literacy at Memorial had been selected as a finalist for the Canada Post Literacy Awards. The final were announced August 30. While they didn't win, we would still like to congratulate them again on making it that far. Also, take a moment to look through the winners for some tutoring motivation!

In other Frontier College related news, I also wanted to link to two stories here and here from this summer about the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario's Summer Literacy Camps for Aboriginal Children. These camps were done in partnership with Frontier College who, among other things, provided the camp counsellors. We've posted previously on the LG Camps and his other literacy initiatives here.

Thursday, September 28 is Raise a Reader Day - so mark your calendar. For information on activities in Ottawa please visit here. In short, the Raise-a-Reader campaign aims to increase awareness and raise money for children's literacy programs in Ottawa. The Ottawa Citizen and Children's Hospital organize it along with CanWest.

Finally, this year two Canadadian journalists tied to both be awarded the Peter Gzowski Literacy Award of Merit. The award program was founded in 1993 in honour of the late veteran broadcaster and writer Peter Gzowski who was a passionate champion for literacy and is open to all Canadian journalists working in any medium. To read the winning pieces please click HERE.

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