#KindStones #Foothills #Community #Wellness #ArtBased

#KindStones #Foothills

BE KIND! SPREAD THE FEELING ONE STONE AT A TIME!

First you need some flat, paintable rocks.  Decorate your rock — getting as creative as you like — and seal it.  Somewhere on the rock print or write #KindStones.  This hash tag will tell people it is part of the KindStones project. Hide your rock and take a picture.  Post to the Facebook page and add some clues.

Start hunting for rocks painted by other people and families.  You can choose to create and hide, while others will participate in it all; painting, hiding, and finding. If you find a rock, you can either re-hide it or keep it. Lots of people choose to keep their first rock and then re-hide the rest.  Don’t forget to print the hashtag #KindStones on the rock.

Family friendly, get out and search, build literacy skills, have fun!

On September 8th, 11:30 am to 2:00 pm, between Colossi’s and Evelyn’s, downtown High River supplies will be available to paint stones.  On September 30th at the Grate Groan Up Spelling Bee and Cardboard Challenge supplies will be available for familes and individuals.

Art has long been known to have therapeutic properties. In creating visual images, people ‘draw’ on the right side of their brains. This same side is used before spoken language develops and is where visual memories are stored. Creativity is also well recognised for its potential to heal people, express hidden emotions, reduce stress, fear and anxiety, and promote a sense of autonomy. Engaging people and the community in the arts can inspire and motivate, opening up new possibilities for creative expression and imagination. It can stimulate a person’s ability to question and connect with the world around them, and nurture positive aspirations, confidence and the capacity for autonomous critical thought. It can also help people to develop the resilience to manage challenging life circumstances.  Arts experiences challenge people’s sense of themselves in a very different way to formal education, providing different opportunities for people to explore their identity, skills and abilities. There may also be greater emphasis on process than on the outcomes or products required of more traditional approaches. As a consequence, people report a sense of enjoyment and achievement in creating art and can also demonstrate greater levels of motivation, improved self-esteem, self-awareness, resilience and community engagement. Many evaluations of arts interventions document their effectiveness in re-engaging people in education and developing skills that are transferable and as relevant to developing literacy and numeracy as to making art.  Art can provide people with a voice.

 

Book Bungalows – A Community Project

Book Bungalows

32 Book Bungalows have been adopted and distributed to good homes. Individuals and community groups have taken on the care of these wonderful additions to our community.  The Bungalows will increase access to books, promote literacy in the community and promote the community working together.  “Take a Book and/or Leave a Book!” You do not need to trade or leave a book each time you take one.  

Click on link for the locations of the Book Bungalows. Thank you Town of High River.

Click on link below picture for a map of the locations of the Book Bungalows.

Do you already own a little free library?  Would you like to be added to the map? Please contact the office with your address and contact information. info@litforlife.com or 403.652.5090\

Highwood HighSchool Grade 10 Construction class constructed the Bungalows as a school project.  We are excited to partner with the young people at that school.   High River Home Hardware, High River Rotary, and the High River Vitality Fund were generous donors to this project. We have had help from many volunteers. Delbert Moncrieff donated his time and truck to transport the bungalows to the Culture Centre.  The High River Firemen and Fred Stegmeier came out and helped move them into the Culture Centre.  The Mayor’s Youth Advisory Committee painted two of the Bungalows.

Highwood High School Grade 10 Construction Class
Youth Volunteers – Thank you

A Book Bungalow and a Board Game Box will be set up on between Evelyn’s Memory Lane and Colossi’s downtown for public use.   On September 8th, International Literacy Day, we will be launching the Book Bungalows.  Ribbon Cutting at 11:30 am with cake to follow. We will be there until 2:00 pm.  Come down celebrate the official launch.  (118 4 Ave SW, High River)

We also will be selling raffle tickets in support of literacy at the launch! Only $10.00 a ticket and you could win $3,000 in Air Canada Gift Cards and an awesome Travel Goody Bag.  All funds support local individuals and families.

Community Garden
Joe Clark School Bungalow
Thank you Delbert

Fun! Laughter, Creativity! Cardboard Challenge! Adult Spelling Bee! Support Literacy!

Grate Groan Up Spelling Bee

 

 

There are a number of ways you can participate or support building literacy in the Foothills.  Literacy can not stand alone.  It is a community responsibility. Check out this website for information on the work Literacy for Life does in in the community:

  1. Enter a team of 3 ADULTS to compete for the title of the “Gratest Spelling Team” for 2017 (event will have a max. of 12 teams and 10 are registered to date).
    • $50 registration fee plus (optional)$100 for mulligans.
    • Collect donations. Use this easy online fundraising tool! Grate prizes for the teams that raise the “Gratest Pledges”: 1st place , 2nd place and 3rd place.
    • (optional) Sell a book of raffle tickets to raise extra funds. Only 1,500 tickets being printed at $10 each. Prize is $3,000 in Air Canada travel cards and an awesome travel goody bag.
    • On event day, your team members should arrive in their “Awesome Costumes”.  Invite family and friends to come and cheer you on! *New* this year is a prize to the Audience Member with the Gratest Costume!

Go to this LINK for more information on the bee and to get your entry forms.

If entering a team isn’t your bag but you still want to help:

    • Sell raffle tickets – email info@litforlife.com or call Stephanie @ 403-652-5090.
    • Purchase a raffle ticket(s) for $10 each – contact the Literacy for Life office at 403-652-5090 or watch for volunteers at various community events – e.g. High River Hospital, and High River Farmer’s Markets to name just a few).  The draw date is December 27th – Grate gifts for Christmas – do your charitable giving with the chance of winning a grate prize.
    • Donate – all funds support literacy programs in the MD of Foothills.  Each team will have an onlinne fundraising page.  Support your favorite team by following this link!
    • Like Literacy for Life’s Facebook page and Instagram, or follow them on Twitter and share posts/tweets about the Bee:
  1. Join us in the Foothills Cardboard Challenge from June to September. Literacy for Life is challenging families in the Foothills to have fun and get creative. Post a picture of your creation to our Facebook and/or Instagram. On September 30th 2017, from 12:30 to 3:30 pm  come down to the Grate Groan Up Spelling Bee,  have fun and participate in some creative play. Material will be provided.  We will take pictures and post them to our Instagram and print them to post on our Creativity Board.  You can take your item home and enjoy.  (We are hoping families and schools would get involved over June, the summer and into July) Check out this link to find out more about the Foothills Cardboard Challenge

    Build Community and Creativity – Global Cardboard Challenge

  2. Buy a Bee for Literacy!  June 1st to June 30th you can support literacy in the Foothills by purchasing a bee for only a Toonie at the Okotoks and High River Sobeys and AG Country Mart in Black Diamond. Every little bit helps.

Fun! Fun! Fun! Grate Groan Up Spelling Bee 2017!

Did you know…

The Grate Groan Up Spelling Bee is the hottest competition in the Foothills. This hilarious, action packed event has teams of 3 adults competing in a battle for bragging rights to spelling supremacy. Each team helps fundraise to support literacy and learning in the Foothills.

When: September 30th, 2017  Doors open at 12:30 pm

Where: Historic Wales Theatre in High River

If you are interested in entering a team call 403.652.5090, email info@litforlife.com  or click on link for 2017 Registration Forms, Rules, Instructions and Donor Sheet.

Help your favourite team win a prize for collecting the Gratest Donations.

 

 

Click on link to donate!

The Bee will be held on Alberta Arts and Culture Days which will add lots of fun and activity to the day. Family friendly event – come out and participate in the Cardboard Challenge and help us build creativity and community.  Participate in the #KindStones  project – Spread kindness through a simple message on a rock. Paint it! Hide it! Take it! Share it by posting location to @KindstonesFoothills Check out this link for more information.

Raffle Tickets Available:  Win $3,000.00 in Air Canada Gift Cards and an awesome travel goodie bag.  Only 1500 tickets printed.  $10.00 a ticket. Call the office at 403.652.5090 or email info@litforlife.com.  Tickets can be purchased at Museum of the Highwood and Studio D in High River or check out our calendar for dates in the community.

2016 Gratest Spellers
Come out and join us on Sept 30 2017

High River Sobeys, Okotoks Sobeys and AG Foods Country Mart in Black Diamond supported literacy by selling paper bees during the month of June.  They raised over $1200.00! Thank you to these wonderful local businesses as well as Sun Country and Kevin Wallace

Every Child! Every Parent! Every Day! Read Aloud 15 Minutes!

Why Read Aloud?

The information below was copied from the Read Aloud website.

There is an easy way to improve your child’s chances at school. It will entertain and delight him. It will strengthen the bonds between him and you. And it is virtually free.

Sound too good to be true? Actually, it isn’t. The magical method: taking time to read aloud to your child.

In an era of high-stakes testing and education reforms and revolutions, research has repeatedly proved that one simple parenting technique is among the most effective. Children who are read aloud to by parents get a head start in language and literacy skills and go to school better prepared.

“Reading aloud to young children, particularly in an engaging manner, promotes emerging literacy and language development and supports the relationship between child and parent,” concludes a review in this month’s Archives of Disease in Childhood.

In other words, reading that bedtime story may not only entertain and soothe Johnny, it may also develop his vocabulary, improve his ability to learn to read, and – perhaps most important – foster a lifelong love of books and reading.

Developing that passion for reading is crucial, according to Jim Trelease, author of the best-seller, “The Read-Aloud Handbook.” “Every time we read to a child, we’re sending a ‘pleasure’ message to the child’s brain,” he writes in the “Handbook.” “You could even call it a commercial, conditioning the child to associate books and print with pleasure.”

This reading “commercial” is critical when competition for a child’s attention is so fierce. Between television, movies, the Internet, video games and myriad after-school activities, the pleasures of sitting down with a book are often overlooked. In addition, negative experiences with reading – whether frustrations in learning to read or tedious “skill and drill” school assignments – can further turn children off from reading.

That can have long-term consequences. As Mr. Trelease succinctly puts it in his handbook, “Students who read the most, read the best, achieve the most, and stay in school the longest. Conversely, those who don’t read much, cannot get better at it.”

Reading aloud is, according to the landmark 1985 report “Becoming a Nation of Readers,” “the single most important activity for building the knowledge required for eventual success in reading.”

Despite this advice, however, some educators and many parents don’t read aloud to children from a young age and thus fail to nurture avid and skilled readers. Indeed, this is especially true for children in low-income families. According to the Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics, only 48 percent of families below the poverty level read to their preschoolers each day, compared with 64 percent of families whose incomes were at or above the poverty level. Children from low-income families are also less likely to have exposure to print materials.

The good news for families is that this sage piece of parenting wisdom is easy to follow. Reading aloud to your child requires only a book – free, with a library card – and your willingness to spend a little quality time with your child. And while the sacrifices to read aloud are few, the benefits are many: Your child may learn to read better, think better, imagine more richly, and become a passionate and lifelong reader. More than these long-term benefits, however, are some more immediate: The pleasures of spending time with your child and sharing the enjoyment of a good book.

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What’s Happening at Literacy for Life Foundation!

Job Postings:  Call the office at 403.652.6090 for more information.

Volunteer Communication Coordinator

Building Blocks and Group Facilitator.

Did you know…

The Grate Groan Up Spelling Bee is the hottest competition in the Foothills. This hilarious, action packed event has teams of 3 adults competing in a battle for bragging rights to spelling supremacy. Each team helps fundraise to support literacy and learning in the Foothills.

When: September 30th, 2017  Doors open at 12:30 pm

Where: Historic Wales Theatre in High River

Help your favourite team win a prize for collecting the Gratest Donations.

Click on link to donate!

The Bee will be held on Alberta Arts and Culture Days which will add lots of fun and activity to the day. Family friendly event – come out and participate in the Cardboard Challenge  and the #KindStones Project.

Get your raffle ticket at the Bee, Studio D, The Shop and the Museum in High River or call 403.652.5090.  You can win $3,000 in Air Canada Gift Cards and an awesome travel goody bag. Only $10.00 a ticket.

Check out this link for more information.

Wonderful Cards for sale:

Do you need Greeting Cards?  NorthplusSouth, an Okotoks business, donated some wonderful good quality cards for our use.  Only $1.00 a card.  Select cards are by donation.  Choose from Christmas, Valentines, Easter, Thank you, Birthdays, Anniversary and much, much more.

Purchase them at #3 1204 – 10th St. SE, High River, Alberta.  (our office) Available during work days from Monday to Thursday 9:00 am – 4:00 pm and select days at the High River Farmer’s Market.  (check out web calander for days we are at the market)

 

Conversation, Chocolate, Cookies and Cards

Book Bungalows

32 Book Bungalows have been adopted and distributed to good homes.   The Bungalows become the property of the individual or group that takes them and it will be their responsibility to maintain the books and the bungalow.

The Town of High River is helping to prepare a map that shows all the locations of the Book Bungalows. The map is available on our website at http://litforlife.com/in-the-community.php and soon to be on the Town of High River’s site and other appropriate locations. Do you already own a little free library?  Would you like to be added to the map? Please contact the office with your address and contact information.

A Book Bungalow and a Board Game Box will be set up on between Evelyn’s Memory Lane and Colossis downtown for public use.  The Mayor’s Youth Advisory Committee has decorated this Bungalow.  On September 8th, International Literacy Day, we will be launching the Book Bungalows.  Ribbon Cutting at 11:30 am with cake to follow. (2:00 pm)   Come down celebrate the offical launch.  (118 4 Ave SW, High River)

Highwood HighSchool Grade 10 Construction class constructed the Bungalows as a school project and did an awesome job. We are excited to partner with the young people at that school.   High River Home Hardware is a generous donor to this project as well as the High River Rotary, and the High River Vitality Fund. We also have had help from so many volunteers in our community. Delbert Moncrieff donated his time and truck to transport the bungalows to the Culture Centre.  The High River Firemen and Fred Stegmeier came out and helped move them into the Culture Centre.

Thank you Delbert

Awesome Volunteers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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