LASS, the Shuswap Family Resource Centre, and Eagle Valley Community Resource Centre have partnered on a new family literacy initiative. The “Books Under the Tree” program will see quality children’s books included in Christmas Gift Campaigns at the Resource Centres for children in our area.
The books will be purchased with funding provided by the Shuswap Community Foundation’s Wainwright-Mobley Memorial Endowment and Jennifer Phillips Memorial funds. We want to thank the Shuswap Community Foundation and these funds for giving us the opportunity to brighten Christmas for children in need by giving them books to read.
For more information on this program, please contact Jennifer Findlay at 250-833-2095, or head to The Family Centre on the corner of Alexander St. NE and Hwy 1 in Salmon Arm, or the Eagle Valley Resource Centre on Shuswap Ave. (across from Whib’s Gym) in Sicamous.
“A typical middle class child enters first grade with approximately 1,000 hours of being read to, while the corresponding child from a low-income family averages just 25 of those hours, such differences in the availability of book resources may have unintended and pernicious consequences for low-income children’s long term success in schooling.”
– M. Adams, Beginning to read. (MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, 1990).