The Estevan Area Literacy Group (EALG) reflected on its accomplishments from 2012-13 during its recent annual general meeting.
The EALG had a series of book clubs at St. Mary’s School during the past school year. Twenty students from Grades 5 to 7 participated in clubs, and read either “Holes” by Louis Sachar or “Ungifted” by Gordon Korman.
Seventeen Grade 3 students and nine Grade 4 students took part a club that read “The Trouble with Chickens” by Doreen Cronin.
The EALG’s most popular family literacy initiative remains Come Read with Me.
Between November 2012 and October 2013, there were programs with Hillcrest, Spruce Ridge, St. Mary’s and Sacred Heart Schools. Sessions at the different schools attracted hundreds of participants, and many books were given away to students.
In the cases of St. Mary’s and Sacred Heart, the programs were geared towards pre-Kindergarten students.
Come Read with Me might be further modified to meet the needs of each school or community partner.
Three Talk Time classes happened in 2012-13. A total of 109 participants attended beginner sessions, 196 were part of the intermediate/advanced drop in sessions, and 172 were involved with the advanced class on Tuesday mornings.
The Nature Smarts children’s summer literacy program was a big success, too. Seven sessions were held at each of the Hillcrest and Royal Heights parks. There were 266 participants, and a total of 218 books given away.