Tips to have tons of fun celebrating the 10th Annual Family Literacy Day



    ABC CANADA, Honda Canada and Robert Munsch encourage families to engage
    in fun activities to improve literacy skills

    TORONTO, Oct. 15 /CNW/ - In celebration of the 10th annual Family
Literacy Day(R), January 27, 2008, founding sponsor Honda Canada and ABC
CANADA Literacy Foundation offer a series of family tips for fun activities to
help build literacy skills. These various activities are listed on
www.abc-canada.org/fld. While visiting the site, families can also enter the
Munsch at Home contest to win a special visit from Canadian children's author
Robert Munsch and a 10th year special treat - a weekend trip to Great Wolf
Lodge, Niagara Falls, Ontario.
    As in previous years, the week leading up to the next Family Literacy Day
will see tens of thousands of Canadians hosting their own FLD events. Literacy
groups, public libraries and participating Honda dealers and staff also
celebrate the day by participating in fun activities.
    "Honda welcomes the chance to support Family Literacy Day because it
highlights the importance of nurturing literacy skills in our families. Adults
can fulfill their dreams and share that love of reading and learning with
their children," says Jim Miller, Executive Vice President, Honda Canada. "As
a caring company, Honda especially values the opportunity to partner with
people in the communities where we live, work and play."
    To be eligible to enter the Munsch at Home contest, families must submit
a brief description of their planned Family Literacy Day event to ABC CANADA
by 5:00 p.m. EST on December 14, 2007. The winning family can also name a
public library or literacy group to also receive a visit from Munsch.
    Family Literacy Day was established to encourage families to learn
together throughout the year. "There are all sorts of fun things families can
do to read and learn together," says Margaret Eaton, President of ABC CANADA
Literacy Foundation. "Be creative. Take time to explore, share ideas and
encourage your hobbies and interests. Everyone in the family will benefit."

    Being the 10th year of Family Literacy Day, here are 10 'road-tested'
tips suggested by families to get you thinking about what you could do as a
family:

    
    10. Create a family book club. Read and discuss the books together.

    9.  Make a particular night Board Game Night. Maybe invite another family
        for a challenge.

    8.  Have your kids create the map for your next road trip then they can
        navigate by reading signs and billboards. Create a trip journal.

    7.  Read news articles and magazines and then discuss current affairs
        together.

    6.  Volunteer as a family to read at a children's hospital or at a
        senior's centre.

    5.  Surf the Internet together to find great sites that support your
        hobbies.

    4.  Read a classic adventure together. If your children like Survivor,
        they will love Treasure Island.

    3.  Research and write your family's history. Use the Internet, family
        letters and documents as resources, and interview your relatives.

    2.  Sing favourite songs. Find out more about the songwriter or singer on
        the Internet. Make up your own songs.

    1.  Write your own adventure. Write a short story as a family with
        alternative endings written by each family member.
    

    For additional Family Literacy Day tips, activities and Munsch at Home
contest details and rules, visit www.abc-canada.org/fld. Family Literacy Day,
now in its 10th year, was created by ABC CANADA Literacy Foundation and is
generously supported by founding sponsor Honda Canada.

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    ABC CANADA Literacy Foundation is the national charity committed to
promoting family, adult and workplace literacy to the general public and to
the private sector. ABC CANADA's focus is on public awareness programs,
providing promotional support to local literacy groups, and conducting
research to further the development of a fully literate Canadian population.
For more information, visit www.abc-canada.org.




For further information:

For further information: Jim Pollock, Director of Communications, ABC
CANADA Literacy Foundation, Tel.: (416) 218-0010, ext. 126, Cell: (416)
524-8267, jpollock@abc-canada.org

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