The itsy bitsy spider climbed up the waterspout,
Down came the rain and washed the spider out,
Out came the sun and dried up all the rain,
And the itsy bitsy spider climbed up the spout again!
On any given day during the week, in community organizations across Edmonton, you will find parents sitting in circles on the floor reciting Itsy Bitsy Spider, laughing, and playing with their children. These parents are attending a Centre for Family Literacy Rhymes that Bind program.
What does this simple rhyme have to do with preparing children for success in school?
The Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police recently completed an 18-month project, Literacy and Policing in Canada. Working with literacy organizations, community groups, governments, and police agencies across Canada, the study produced the Literacy Awareness Resource Manual for Police that provides valuable information to those within law enforcement as well as anyone interested in literacy development and its role in social growth and improvement. As well, the website Literacy and Police: Target Crime with Literacy has been developed to provide further information on the issue.
The statistics utilised by the project were from the 2003 International Adult Literacy
and Skills Survey (IALSS) participated in by seven countries. The Canadian portion, in which more than 23,000 Canadian adults took part, was coordinated by Statistics Canada. For the purposes of the study, literacy was defined as “the ability to use and understand information that is fundamental to daily life at work, at home, and in the community”.
The CanadaHelps Great Giving Challenge is a 4-week long competition that encourages Canadians to use the power of social networking to help their favourite charity.
December is the most popular month for Canadians to make donations, so the Challenge is running from November 23 to December 20.
The Centre invites you to join us for our annual Leading with Literacy Breakfast.
When: Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Where: Westin Hotel, Edmonton
Tickets: $40 per person or $320 for a table of 8
Guest speaker: Jim Hole
Order tickets on our website at www.famlit.ca
This is an opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments of the Lois Hole Memorial Award nominees and to network with business, government, and community leaders committed to improving literacy in our province.
Over the past several months we have received support for the C.O.W. Bus program from several very different organizations.
In the spring, the C.O.W. Bus had a visit from the Old Strathcona Harley Owners’ Group (HOG) with members arriving on their Harleys to deliver their cheque to support the program.