Student Achievement Begins At Home

    McGuinty Government Celebrates Family Literacy Day

    TORONTO, Jan. 27 /CNW/ - Ontario students are getting more out of their
school experience because families, schools and communities are more focused
on reading and writing.
    Education Minister Kathleen Wynne joined Gisèle from the TVO show
Gisèle's Big Backyard to celebrate Family Literacy Day at Toronto's North York
Central Library. The event kicked off Gisèle's TVOKids Library Tour presented
in partnership with the Toronto Public Library.
    "For students to succeed, they must be reading at school and at home,"
said Wynne. "Congratulations to ABC Canada for championing Family Literacy Day
for 10 years. This is a wonderful opportunity to spotlight the importance of
reading and learning together as a family."
    Two- and three-year-olds who are read to several times a day do
substantially better in kindergarten compared to young children who are read
to only a few times a week or less. In addition, children with early exposure
to books and reading are better at performing mathematical tasks.
    "Family Literacy Day celebrates parents and children taking the time to
engage in learning activities that help all family members keep their reading,
writing and math skills sharp," said ABC CANADA president Margaret Eaton.
"Parents who actively participate in learning activities are great role models
for their children, encouraging them to become lifelong learners."
    For helpful tips on reading, writing, math and homework visit Tips are available in: English, French, Arabic, Chinese,
Farsi, Hindi, Korean, Portuguese, Punjabi, Spanish, Tagalog, Tamil and Urdu.
    A guide showing parents how to help their children build reading and
writing skills is available at

    Disponible en français


For further information:

For further information: Michelle Despault, Minister's Office, (416)
212-3747; Patricia MacNeil, Communications Branch, (416) 325-2676; Public
Inquiries: (416) 325-2929 or 1-800-387-5514, TTY: 1-800-263-2892

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