March 2007

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"Children's home environments – in particular the extent to which they acquire literacy skills and habits from the adults raising them – are the key to early childhood literacy."

State of Learning in Canada report

The Centre for Family Literacy gratefully acknowledges the ongoing support of the following:

An Edmonton Community
Of Lifelong Learners

Edmonton & Area
Child & Family Services Region 6

Lois Hole Memorial Literacy Award Winners
Over two hundred people attended the second annual Leading with Literacy Breakfast where the inaugural Lois Hole Memorial Literacy Awards were presented by Jim Hole.

The Lois Hole Adult Learner Award was presented to Linn Pascal for his outstanding commitment to his own learning. Linn was labeled “slow” while growing up in Dominica because of his inability to learn to read. Fifteen years ago he moved to Canada where his job prospects were limited to labour positions.

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The State of Learning in Canada
The Canadian Council on Learning has released its first “State of Learning In Canada” report. Chapter Two is dedicated to preschool children and contains a survey of the research literature on early childhood learning and development. The research indicates that most Canadian children are born healthy and develop well, but disadvantaged Canadian children are falling significantly behind.

In fact, 1 in 4 Canadian children enters Grade 1 with learning or behavioural problems that could affect their future success in academics and life in general.

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Adult Programs in the Community
Did you know that fewer than 10% of people at the lowest literacy levels actually seek help? How do we reach the other 90%? Do adults know there are free programs that can help them? How can we advertise to those who have difficulty reading ads, posters, and other written publicity information?

To address this, the Centre attends community meetings and resource fairs to publicize its free services, provides program information to agencies working with families and adults for referral purposes, and seeks media coverage to build awareness of the issue.

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The Dave Hancock Charity Golf Classic
Since its inception six years ago, the golf classic has raised more than half a million dollars for Success by 6®, a community project managed by United Way of the Alberta Capital Region.

Success By 6® is a prevention initiative to ensure all preschool children in Edmonton have the necessary development and support for a lifetime of growth and achievement.

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What to do with "Obsolete" Insurance
Do you have a life insurance policy you purchased years ago to provide financial protection and no longer need it? If so, it may be a great asset to name the Centre for Family Literacy as both the owner and beneficiary of the policy.

At the time of the donation, you receive a charitable tax receipt for the cash value of the policy. And if you cannot use the full credit in the first year, you can carry forward the unused portion up to five additional years.

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2007 Raise a Reader Book Drive and Sale
Mark your calendar for the annual book sale in support of children’s literacy programs. The sale will take place April 20-22 at 11410 Kingsway Avenue (beside the Alberta Aviation Museum).

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Volunteers Grow Community
Volunteers are the lifeblood of the Centre’s Adult Tutor Program. Last year, 130 volunteer tutors dedicated more than 10,000 hours to the cause of adult literacy.

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