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NEWS RELEASE · 17th January 2011
Literacy Kitimat
Games, games and more games will be played by children and families at Kitimat Community Services’ third annual Family Literacy Night at Mount Elizabeth Secondary School on Thursday, January 27th from 5 pm until 7:45 pm. There will be games from around the world, games played in medieval times and games popular with children in the 1950s. Activities will take place in the foyer, the cafeteria, the large and small gyms and the drama room.

Why games? “Play for Literacy” is the theme chosen this year for Family Literacy Day by ABC Canada, the originators of the event which is celebrated across Canada. What does playing have to do with literacy? According to the ABC Canada website, “Research continues to show that environments promoting play based learning offer children a wide variety of opportunities to explore the world around them and receive and process rich sensory stimulation that ultimately promotes healthy brain development.”

In keeping with this years theme, Family Literacy Night in Kitimat will feature a wide variety of games including BINGO, Bean Bag Toss, Scrabble Slam, Twister, Sudoku and crossword puzzles. There will be games that appeal to all ages and three creative play stations - a post office, a bank and a store. Each child will receive a “cheque” to be cashed at the bank, manned by employees of the Royal Bank. The “cash” received can then be spent in the store to purchase two items to take home. Some of the other activities will be a card making table, Smartboard activities, knitting, and a play dough table. Kitimat Arts for Youth will be back with musical instruments for children to hold and examine.

The Book Walk, which was such a hit last year, will be back. The first 500 children up to age twelve who participate will win a free book. Parents and children will also be able to purchase books at our Scholastic Book Fair.

A free hot dog supper, cooked by the Girl Guides, will be served in the school’s cafeteria from 5 pm until 6:30. Envision Credit Union will be making and giving away bags of popcorn in the foyer.

Once again, there will be guessing jars. The two door prizes will be an iPod Nano and a gift basket. The winning tickets will be drawn shortly before 7 pm and then posted in the foyer. In addition, there will be draws for prizes associated with participation in a number of the activities. Clowns will create and give away balloon animals. Face painting by the Multi-Cultural Society will also add to the festive feel of the event.

Last year 700 children and parents came out for a fun filled evening. The best thing about the event is that it’s free so be sure you mark it on your calendar for January 27th.. The Cat in the Hat will be there to greet you.