A Spelling Bee with a Twist Challenges Students at Amiskwaciy Academy

EDMONTON, Dec. 11, 2013 /CNW/ - On December 12th, over a hundred students from Amiskwaciy Academy will participate in a spelling bee with a twist! The game - "Know your Words" will challenge the junior and senior high students to both spell the words and use them appropriately in a sentence.

The event is organized by the school and Frontier College and is sponsored by Deloitte. Frontier College's Community Coordinator Azmina Navodia is excited about the competition. "We've been running a Study Lounge at the school for a year and a half, and we always try and weave some fun into learning. This is a great way to encourage the students to read while raising awareness about the importance of good literacy skills."

Amiskwaciy Academy's Principal Fred Hines agrees. "Our students are exposed to authentic learning opportunities as they interact with one another in a fun learning environment. This is a great opportunity and partnership."

Frontier College's Navodia says the event, which she hopes will be an annual one, is a great example of what can be accomplished through community partnerships. "Frontier College is so lucky to have the support of Deloitte, a terrific public school like Amiskwaciy, and the CBC."

"Know your Words" will be hosted by CBC's Mark Harvey, and will run from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.  on December 12th at Amiskwaciy Academy, 101 Airport Road in Edmonton.

About Frontier College
Frontier College is Canada's original literacy organization. Founded in 1899, this charitable organization recruits and trains volunteers to deliver literacy programs to children, youth and adults in communities across the country. Frontier College helps Canadians improve their literacy and increase their opportunities.  We believe that literacy is a right.

About Amiskwaciy Academy
Amiskwaciy Academy was designed to offer exciting enrichment programming for junior high and high school students in a respectful, safe environment. At Amiskwaciy, we recognize that all beings are connected and our teaching styles and learning opportunities reflect this belief. Our Elders' teachings, our community partners, family involvement, and a committed teaching staff provide a holistic learning environment.

We believe at Amiskwaciy Academy that our school philosophy is demonstrated best through our harmonious communal approach to learning.

About Deloitte
Deloitte, one of Canada's leading professional services firms, provides audit, tax, consulting, and financial advisory services. Deloitte LLP, an Ontario limited liability partnership, is the Canadian member firm of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited. Deloitte operates in Quebec as Deloitte s.e.n.c.r.l., a Quebec limited liability partnership. Deloitte refers to one or more of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited, a UK private company limited by guarantee, and its network of member firms, each of which is a legally separate and independent entity. Please see www.deloitte.com/about for a detailed description of the legal structure of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited and its member firms.

SOURCE Frontier College

For further information:

Please contact: Abby Robins, Director of Communications, Frontier College, arobins@frontiercollege.ca or 416-923-3591 ext. 378 (office) or 416-277-3340 (cell)