REPORTING · 3rd February 2011
Play For Literacy: this was the theme of this year’s family literacy night. The high school was full of families on Thursday January 27th to learn about literacy opportunities in Kitimat and play fun games and earn books.
“Tonight we’re holding family literacy night; it’s the third year that we have done so. Family Literacy Day is held every year across Canada. Our event in Kitimat is sponsored by Kitimat Community Services. We have a lot of volunteers from a lot of different services,” said Margaret Sanou.
Elementary Schools brought a wide variety of activities. The Kitimat Public Library had children spell a word using a bean bag toss; there were pictures to colour and the popular book walk were among the activities. Other activities included games from the 50’s brought by the Kitimat Museum, role playing games, the Shriners were making balloon animals and the Multicultural Society was doing face painting.
Kids were given a play cheque which they took to a play bank and then went to a play store where they bought things to take home.
“The idea behind play is that Children’s brains are not fully developed until they are 25. The activities they do influences how their brain develops. Playing games develops the side of their brain which is important for learning to read and write and so we encourage children to play games,” said Sanou.
With the help of the Girl Guides and the Mount Elizabeth Cafeteria, a Hot Dog Dinner was served. Mayor Joanne Monaghan and Councillors Rob Goffinet and Corinne Scott helped run the entry table.
Kitimat Mayor Joanne Monaghan stands with Councillors Rob Goffinet (left) and Councillor Corinne Scott (right)