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June 2008

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Satellite Adult Tutor Program a Huge Success

In partnership with the Mill Woods Family Resource Centre, we are offering our Adult Tutor program at their Millbourne Community Site.

The Millbourne Site was selected because the Centre delivers family literacy programs there and it was felt that the Adult Tutor program would complement those programs. This location provides adults access to the program without leaving their community, which significantly reduces the barrier of transportation, both from a financial perspective and a distance perspective. The Millbourne Site also provides childcare while parents work with their tutors.

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7 Key Principles for Success

Dr. Susan B. Neuman is a professor at the University of Michigan, School of Education. She recently returned to this position after serving as the U.S. Assistant Secretary of Elementary and Secondary Education. Her publication, “Changing the Odds”, synthesizes what research has shown is necessary to ensure that family literacy programs and other early intervention programs for at risk children and families have the greatest outcomes.

Dr. Neuman outlines seven major program principles that lead to positive and ongoing benefits for participants. Upon examination, the Centre for Family Literacy’s programs exhibit these principles across the board!

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Change is a Constant that Has Become a Norm

It is interesting to note that the “Report from Our Leaders” in the Centre’s 2007 annual report addressed the issue of change. And there will be big changes at the Centre with the retirement of Maureen Sanders at the end of August 2008.

Maureen has been the Executive Director of the Centre (known at that time as Prospects Literacy Association) since 1991. Early in her tenure, she became passionately interested in family literacy. She saw that adults had adult literacy programs and children had schools, but the family as a learning unit was a missing piece that needed to be addressed and supported. In 1993, Maureen delivered the first family literacy program to 8 people. In 2007, the Centre served 4,665 adults and 7,583 children through their family literacy programs.

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The Great Book Club Challenge

Calling all Book Club members. The Cosmos Book Club has issued a challenge to all Book Clubs to raise money for the Classroom on Wheels (C.O.W.) Bus. They have currently raised $700 and hope that others will pickup the challenge to either match or beat their contribution.

The C.O.W. Bus program is a drop-in bookmobile that offers families with few resources the opportunity to borrow books for free and also provides informal programming that assists parents in supporting their pre-school children’s literacy development.

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Jim Cuddy Raises Money for Literacy

The Centre’s inaugural An Evening of Wine & Words held at the Royal Mayfair Golf and Country Club was a great success – raising $38,000 in support of the purchase of a new bus for our local Classroom on Wheels program.

Jim Cuddy, best known for his work with Blue Rodeo, was the keynote speaker. He discussed his song lyrics, his passion for literacy and delighted the guests by playing a few songs.

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Recommended Summer Reading

A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole
A New Earth: Awakening Your Life’s Purpose – Eckhart Tolle
A Thousand Splendid Suns – Khaled Hosseini
All That Matters – Wayson Choy.
Atonement – Ian McEwan
Five Quarters of the Orange – Joanne Harris
Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly – Anthony Bourdain
Marley & Me: Life and Love with the World’s Worst Dog – John Grogan
Saturday – Ian McEwan
The Jade Peony – Wayson Choy
The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
The Mission Song – John le Carré
The Swallows of Kabul – Yasmina Khadra

Raise a Reader Book Sale

The Edmonton Journal’s third annual book sale attracted many book lovers who perused the over 100,000 books that filled an old hangar at the Edmonton City Centre Airport. The sale raised close to $58,000 in support of children’s literacy programs in the Capital Region.

Learning Together

Learning Together will begin September 16 at St. Gerard Catholic Elementary School. The program runs for 36 weeks, two afternoons a week, and is designed for parents with children between 3 and 5 years old. For more information, please call 421-7323.