Winnipeg family wins national Family Literacy Day contest

    Children's author Robert Munsch sails into Winnipeg to play pirate with
    winning family

    TORONTO, Jan. 15 /CNW/ - ABC CANADA Literacy Foundation is pleased to
announce that the Kurbis-Friesen family's pirate party is the winning entry of
the third annual Munsch at Home contest. The family was one of many
contestants from across Canada who submitted their ideas on how they would
celebrate Family Literacy Day(R) to win a visit from best-selling children's
author Robert Munsch on Saturday, January 19.
    Kathy Kurbis says her son Lucas, age 7, was very excited that he could
read the contest flyer himself and follow instructions on how to enter. "He
was so proud to be able to do this that we made a message for him on our
answering machine to inform him that we had won, and he has been bouncing
around ever since," says Kurbis. "This contest is a great initiative because
it gives parents a chance to connect with their children and have a good
    To celebrate the 10th year of Family Literacy Day in Canada - the
Kurbis-Friesens also win an all expenses paid two-day trip to Great Wolf Lodge
in Niagara Falls, Ontario. Keith Simmonds, general manager of Great Wolf
Lodge, says, "Interactive play is a part of what we do everyday at Great Wolf
Lodge so it was our privilege to support Family Literacy Day by donating a
prize to the Munsch at Home contest and having our own Robert Munsch reading
at the Lodge."
    Munsch will attend the Kurbis-Friesen's pirate party where he will
re-tell Mortimer, his first book. There will be 10 children and their families
attending the party, listening to Munsch, hunting for treasure and building
pirate ships. The winning family also gets to choose a library or literacy
organization for Munsch to visit for a reading, and the Kurbis-Friesens chose
their local library, the Louis Riel Library.
    "Each year I am impressed by the creativity families show in their Munsch
at Home contest entries. It demonstrates how easy it is to incorporate reading
and writing activities into fun family time," says Margaret Eaton, president,
ABC CANADA. "The Kurbis-Friesen's Family Literacy Day party should be exciting
for the children and their parents."
    Family Literacy Day was created in 1999 by ABC CANADA Literacy foundation
with support from Founding Sponsor Honda Canada Inc., to encourage families to
engage in fun learning together on a daily basis. Robert Munsch is honourary
chair of the national program that sees libraries, schools, literacy
organizations and households across the country participate in each year.
    "Honda Canada is proud to support ABC CANADA's work to encourage lifelong
learning through our role as the founding sponsor of Family Literacy Day,"
says Jim Miller, vice-president Honda Canada. "As a result of 10 years of
successful FLD programming thousands of families have incorporated learning
activities into their daily lives."
    For more information on Family Literacy Day, including family literacy
tips, activity ideas and event information, visit

    About ABC CANADA:

    ABC CANADA Literacy Foundation is Canada's private-sector voice
championing adult literacy. The national charity's initiatives and campaigns
are focused on bringing about meaningful change to raise Canadian adult
literacy skills. It envisions a Canada where individuals, regardless of their
circumstances, are provided the opportunities to increase those skills that
prepare people for realizing their full potential at work, at home and in the

For further information:

For further information: Media Contact: Jim Pollock, Director of
Communications, ABC CANADA Literacy Foundation, Phone: (416) 218-0010, ext.
126, Cell: (416) 524-8267, E-mail:

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