Celebrating the success of Manitoba's Summer Literacy Camps

WINNIPEG, Nov. 12, 2013 /CNW/ - Last summer, over 400 children in seven Manitoba communities participated in Frontier College's free daily literacy camps, offering fun activities which focused on improving literacy and numeracy skills.

On Thursday, November 14th at 5:00 p.m., The Honourable Lieutenant Governor Philip S. Lee will welcome invited guests and media to Government House, in Winnipeg, to recognize the achievements of the program.

The Summer Literacy Camps focus on four key objectives:

  • Support student learning retention to avoid summer learning loss
  • Engage students in enriched summer learning opportunities
  • Improve educational outcomes for children living in poverty
  • Enhance the skills and employment experiences for local youth

Frontier College President Sherry Campbell will present highlights and successes that include impressive data on the impact of the program. "We heard from parents that their children were more prepared to return to school; we heard from teachers that they want more of their students to participate; and we heard from the kids that they loved the camps and - most importantly - learned to love reading."

As one parent from Grand Rapids said, "My son tends to be weaker in school but since Summer Literacy Camp, he has shown a greater interest in learning and has definitely improved his literacy skills."

The model for the camps was recently cited by TD Economics as a best practice for Aboriginal literacy development in their report, ""Literacy Matters: Unlocking the Literacy Potential of Aboriginal Peoples in Canada."

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.

SOURCE: Frontier College

For further information:

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

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