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January 21, 2013

Free family activities offered during week-long literacy celebration

Centres mark 15th anniversary of Family Literacy Day with 15 minutes of fun

The Peel District School Board’s Parenting and Family Literacy Centres, and Hubs and Readiness Centres will join other community agencies to offer a variety of free activities for families from Jan. 21 to 27 in honour of Family Literacy Day on Jan. 27. The day is an initiative to encourage families to participate in learning activities together to improve literacy skills for both adults and children. This year, to mark the 15th anniversary of Family Literacy Day, ABC Life Literacy Canada is encouraging Canadian families to have 15 minutes of fun learning together.

“We’re always thrilled to be able to inspire families to discover new ways to learn together,” says Jay Fedosoff, vice principal and leader of the Parenting and Family Literacy Centres. “This is the perfect opportunity to remind parents that learning doesn’t only happen in the classroom or at home. There are many learning opportunities in our daily lives. Even if time is an issue, you can make a difference by engaging together for only 15 minutes a day.”

During the week of Jan. 21 to 27, a wide variety of activities such as read-a-thons, family story times, and literacy parties will take place in Mississauga, Brampton, and Caledon. Families can participate at any of the following centres:

  • Peel District School Board Parenting and Family Literacy Centres, and Hubs and Readiness Centres
  • Dufferin-Peel Catholic School Board Parenting and Family Literacy Centres
  • Ontario Early Years Centres
  • Peel libraries
  • Skills for Employment, Life & Family (SELF) sites in Mississauga and Brampton

All centres will participate in similar activities for 15 minutes at 10:15 a.m. on Jan. 25 and 27 to honour the 15th anniversary of Family Literacy Day. Practicing literacy together for just 15 minutes a day has tremendous benefits for both children and parents

Family Literacy Day was established in 1999 by ABC Literacy Canada, a non-profit organization that inspires Canadians to increase their literacy skills. Activities are made possible by an equal partnership between the Brampton Library, Caledon Community Services, Caledon Public Library, Dufferin-Peel Catholic board, Mississauga Library System, Ontario Early Years, Peel board, Peel-Halton-Dufferin Adult Learning Network, Skills for Employment Life & Family, and the Region of Peel.

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Media contact: Jay Fedosoff, Vice Principal & Leader of the Parenting and Family Literacy Centres, Peel District School Board, jay.fedosoff@peelsb.com, 905-890-1010, 2363

Reference: Scott LaMantia, School Communications Specialist (acting), scott.lamantia@peelsb.com, 905-890-1010, ext. 2098

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