One in four children entering grade 1 are behind their peers
CALGARY, Jan. 27 /CNW/ - To mark the importance of Family Literacy Day,
a special reading celebration will be held at Rundle School in
Northeast Calgary today to show young children just how exciting
reading can be.
Calgary Reads will be hosting the reading celebration along with
corporate sponsor Chevron Canada and supporters the Calgary Public
Library and the Calgary Board of Education. Former Breakfast Television
host and star of Seussical the Musical, Dave Kelly, along with
volunteers from the supporting organizations will read stories to grade
one and two students.
Calgary's grade one and two students are falling behind in literacy at
alarming rates. Calgary Reads, a non-profit organization promotes and
supports early literacy programs and has long held the belief that
literacy is the right of every child. Their literacy tutoring program
now serves up to 600 students in Calgary annually.
"Family Literacy Day is an opportunity to celebrate the adventure of
reading and show young children how exciting reading can be," said
Steacy Collyer, Executive Director of Calgary Reads. "We are
discovering now more than ever that family literacy is the cornerstone
of success for young children, not just at school age but well into
adult life. When parents talk, sing, play and read with their children,
these simple and incredibly fun activities literally shift a child into
a literacy environment and set them up for success."
Research has shown that literacy skills drive economic growth, labour
market outcomes, productivity growth and innovation. Most reading
problems are preventable, yet one in four children entering grade one
are significantly behind peers and poorly prepared to learn.
In April 2010, Chevron Canada identified Calgary Reads as an important
partnership. Chevron employees donate Human Energy™ to Calgary Reads in the form of volunteers on the board of directors,
reading tutors and advocates for literacy in the Calgary community.
"Chevron has succeeded in the global marketplace due to our highly
skilled and innovative workforce," says Jeff Lehrmann, President of
Chevron Canada Resources. "Our individual and collective success is the
result of a solid education foundation we were fortunate to receive.
Through our partnership with Calgary Reads, we have the opportunity to
provide that same foundational opportunity to the children of Calgary."
Today's event runs from 12:45 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. in the Rundle School Gym
and media and the public, along with their favourite book, are welcome
About Calgary Reads
Calgary Reads was formed as a charity in 2001. The program began with 25
tutors working with 40 students and now has nearly 400 tutors working
with 600+ students in almost 80 schools in Calgary and surrounding
communities. Calgary Reads supports early intervention with struggling
readers in Grade 1 and 2. Programs include:
CalgaryReads@School - well-trained volunteer tutors read 1:1 with grade
1 and 2 students below grade level reading skills in English as a first
language and in English as a Second Language for English Language
Calgary Reads@Home, a project that involves and supports the families of
Calgary Reads children (currently underfunded and requiring corporate
sponsorship to operate)
Together Events where celebrity readers share their passion for books in
local schools, and children whose home language is not English - 5
events planned for 2010/2011.
First 2000 Days, First 5000 Words - advocacy program engaging Calgary
health professionals to educate families on the critical learning
window of a child's first 2000 days (before they are 5) and the simple
strategies that create a literacy-rich environment, such as reading,
singing, talking and playing every day.
These reading programs are made possible because of hundreds of Calgary
About The Calgary Public Library
The Calgary Public Library is one of the largest public library systems
in North America and the second largest civic library system in Canada.
Calgarians visit the library's 17 branches more than five million times
each year, and borrow more than 15 million books, CDs, DVDs, and other
About Chevron Canada
Chevron Canada Resources is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Chevron
Corporation of San Ramon, California. Since 1938, Chevron has been
involved in exploring for, developing, producing and marketing crude
oil, natural gas and natural gas liquids in Canada. Headquartered in
Calgary, Alberta, Chevron Canada employs 270 people. The company is
focused on operations offshore Atlantic Canada, Alberta and Northern
Chevron Corporation is one of the largest integrated energy companies in
the world. It is involved in every aspect of the industry and employs
more than 56,000 people worldwide. The Chevron vision is to be the
global energy company most admired for its people, partnership and
SOURCE Calgary Reads Society
For further information:
Kim Page Gluckie, Director of Communications, Calgary Reads
Leif Sollid, Senior Communications Advisor, Chevron Canada Resources