It's National Literacy Week and students in School District 60 will not only be able to recognize it, but take part in some fun activities while doing it.
Superintendent of Schools Stephen Petrucci believes Literacy Week is a good reminder on the calendar that prompts families, schools, and staff to think about literacy in a special way.
“To be clear, from our perspective, every week is literacy week in the sense that all of our reading and literacy programs are taking place on an ongoing basis from day one until the end of the school year,” explains Petrucci.
Each school in the district was given the chance to find a way to celebrate the themed week, but some, Petrucci points out, have been creative.
Taylor Elementary, for example, is doing a Fun Read & Feed pyjama day on Thursday – the feed portion being a pancake breakfast served up by the parent advisory committee.
“At Ma Murray school, they're doing literacy activities to tie into the lunar new year and their indigenous support worker is showcasing indigenous stories for this week and, in fact, this month,” says Petrucci.
At Alwin Holland, students used the themed week to kick off a three-week reading challenge that began on Jan. 21.
“There's prizes and each class totals up their (reading) minutes,” says Petrucci. “It's being well-received.”
Students at Charlie Lake Elementary have also come with a unique way to recognize the week, or in particular, Literacy Day, Jan. 27 — they're dressing up as their favourite book character for the day.