MONTREAL, Nov. 1, 2011 /CNW Telbec/ - On the occasion of the 13th
edition of The Gift of Reading, the Literacy Foundation and program spokesperson, actress Marie
Turgeon, invite you to buy a brand new book for a poor child from your
region in November and December. Through this simple act, you
contribute to fighting illiteracy, keeping young people in school, and
thus preparing the adults of tomorrow.
In its latest report,1 the Canadian Council on Learning (CCL) stresses the importance of
education and learning in early childhood at a time when one Canadian
child in four starts out at school without the necessary foundation for
acquiring literacy and numeracy.
For many years now, the Literacy Foundation has been mobilizing to bring
reading into underprivileged Quebec homes. "Too many children are still
growing up without any books at home," states Foundation CEO, Maryse
Perreault. "That's not acceptable! No longer should reading be an
activity performed only at school. A culture has to be built around the
joy of reading, from an early age."
"The earlier a child is in contact with books, the better his
relationship with reading will be, throughout his life," program
spokesperson, Marie Turgeon assures us. "By participating in The Gift of Reading, you are giving far more than a book to a child. You are opening up to
him the door toward the discovery of the joy of reading, and giving him
the best chance of doing well at school and in life. Help us reach our
goal of 30,700 books for distribution. Prepare the adults of tomorrow by giving a book
Acting at every stage of life
The Gift of Reading each year makes it possible to reach thousands of children, but also
parents with reading and writing difficulties. Indeed, it is a proven
fact that parents play a major role in the relationship their children
will have with reading. The Gift of Reading is a means of raising parents' awareness of their importance in the
acquisition of reading proficiency, and a means of helping them,
through the Info-Alpha line: 1-800-361-9142.
How can you do your part?
To take part, buy a brand new children's book at one of the 150
participating bookstores in Quebec and ask for the Gift of Reading donation kit at the cash. You can also make your donation in 100 libraries.
Books can be purchased online year-round, through placedulivre.com and at participating book fairs. Interested individuals and companies
can also organize book collections or fundraisers to support The Gift of Reading. To find out everything about collection sites and activities, visit fondationalphabetisation.org/en.
Where are the books distributed?
The books collected will be handed out to children in May 2012, through
hundreds of organizations targeted by the Foundation through
deprivation indicators established by the Ministry of Education,
Recreation and Sports (MELS). Among these establishments are schools,
daycare centres and Famille community organizations. Each book collected in a region is given to a
child from that region.
Take part in Montreal's Salon du livre and enjoy free readings!
One again this year, from November 16 to 21, 2011, lovers of reading are
invited to the Salon du livre de Montréal—Montreal's book fair—where they will be able to donate a book for The Gift of Reading, as well as having a story read to them by one of the personalities at
the Foundation's booth (50) as part of the tradition of free readings.
The Foundation wishes to convey warm thanks to the 26 collection
partners, financial and media partners and numerous collaborators from
the book and publishing world who make The Gift of Reading such a success.
Founded in 1989, the Literacy Foundation is a non-profit organization
whose mission is to ensure that everyone— adults and children—has access to reading and
writing. To help the Foundation, make a donation at fondationalphabetisation.org/en.
1 www.ccl-cca.ca/CCL/AboutCCL/PresidentCEO/20111011FutureLearning.html - What is the Future of Learning in Canada? report. Canadian Council on Learning, 2011.
SOURCE LITERACY FOUNDATION
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