Build Community and Creativity – Global Cardboard Challenge

Join us in the Global Cardboard Challenge during the month of September.  Literacy for Life is challenging families in the Foothills to have fun and get creative.

Bring your creation to the Wales Theatre, in High River, on October 1st from 12:30 to 2:30 pm, to the Grate Groan Up Spelling Bee, for display.  Cardboard and art material will be available at the theatre in celebration of Arts and Culture Days providing an opportunity for further creativity from 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm.

Fun! Fun! Fun! Grate Groan Up Spelling Bee 2016!

Amazing creativity and an amazing little boy.

Amazing creativity and an amazing little boy.

Why Participate?

The Global Cardboard Challenge gives children an opportunity to collaborate, learn, and build the things they imagine through a simple process called Creative Play. The Challenge lets children explore their interests and passions; teaches critical thinking, resourcefulness, perseverance, teamwork and other 21st century skills; and brings communities together to foster and celebrate child creativity! (taken from Imagination Foundation website)

Value of Creativity

What is the Global Cardboard Challenge? Check it out!  Make sure you watch the video “Caines Arcade”

Global Cardboard Challenge


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You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream!

“You are never too old to set another goal or dream another dream!”

C.S. Lewis

Technology for Seniors – New Horizon Grant

Partnership between Literacy for Life Foundation, High River Library, Bow Valley College and McBride Career Services.

As seniors begin to downsize their homes and have to move into care or a smaller home, there is often limited space for many of their memories and items that give quality of life, such as records, cassette tapes, VHS tapes, photographs, slides and negatives. A portion of the funds would be used to purchase equipment that would be housed at the library to transcribe these memories to a digital format. A core group of computer literate seniors and youth would be available to mentor and teach others how to work the equipment. The library in High River is a hub for seniors in our community, as well, staff of the library would be available to support the senior/youth mentors. Many older adults are not computer literate and would first need individualized basic training. The development of senior and youth mentors would compliment and enhance existing basic computer classes, in particular for the more isolated senior.

If anyone is interested in becoming a mentor for other seniors please contact Kalie Mosig, Project Liason.  She can be reached at 403.652.8620 or We will be providing training in September and looking to launch the project in late September.

Check out Workplace Resources  on our web site.  It lists resources to help you build those nine essential skills to meet your goals and dreams.

Check out this link to watch some videos that explain the 9 Essential Skills.

I got skills The nine essential skills include reading, writing, oral communication, document use, numeracy, technology, working together, thinking skills and lifelong learning.

Building Skills

Building Skills



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Fun! Fun! Fun! Grate Groan Up Spelling Bee 2016!

The 4th Annual Grate Groan Up Spelling Bee held on October 1st 2016 at the historic Wales Theatre was a success. Raised: $17,725 and $6,000.00 more to come from the Raffle.

Gratest Spellers – Big Rockies, Town of Okotoks

Gratest Pledges Raised – Wild Roses

2nd Gratest Pledges Raised – Tie – The Kaliedoscopes and the Super Bees

3rd Gratest Pledges Raised – The Business Babes

Gratest Costumes – The Kaliedoscopes

2016 Raffle Ticket Sales are still for sale – The winner will take home $5,000.00 in Air Canada Gift Cards.  Only 1500 printed. $10.00 a ticket!  Tickets can be bought by calling 652.5090 or email or a at various events in the community.

High River Hospital – October 19th – 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Museum of the Highwood – 406 1st St. SW

Our community had fun and celebrated community and fostered creativity in ourselves and our children.Check out some of the wonderful creations.  Thank you Shirley Paradis for all your help,











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Help us Build our Volunteer Program! Teach a Man to Fish….!

There’s an old saying…

…that goes something like “Give a man a fish, and you’ll feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you’ve fed him for a lifetime.”  Through teaching individual’s literacy and the nine essential skills we give people the ability to look after themselves for a lifetime.  Literacy is a tool that will allow a person to create his/her own solutions in the future.

Percentages of Canadians with below desired literacy and numeracy rates are staggering: 49% for literacy and 55% for numeracy; this means almost 6 in 10 Canadians do not have the desired level of numeracy skills. People from poor families as well as the long-term unemployed, seniors, native people, prisoners, people with disabilities, and racial and cultural minorities all have higher rates of both illiteracy and poverty. Poverty has a direct link to illiteracy and vice versa (National Adult Literacy Database, Movement for Canadian Literacy, Literacy is for Life, Fact Sheet #9, Literacy and Poverty).

Literacy for Life relies on volunteers to make a difference in our communities. We are a small but mighty organization that wants to desperately change the literacy levels in our communities, however with growth in population and changing needs due to immigration and the economic downturn our cup is full.  We need help to build our volunteer management program so we are able to continue to offer programs that make a difference in people’s ability to work and participate fully in the community and family. Join us and contribute to the cause! Your donation will make a difference in people’s live. Please share our cause so others have the opportunity to join us!

For every increment of $20.00 in donations your name will go into a draw for a limited edition, signed copy by authors, photographers and dignataries of the Stories of the High River Flood Book.  2 Books available for the draw. Check out this website for more information on the book.

Watch our video below, make your donation and please share with others.

Literacy for Life Foundation


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Nature is a key ingredient for learning!


Literacy for Life is proud to annouce the piloting of a new program called “Natured Kids”, which will be offered at the  Sheep River Library in Turner Valley, High River Library and Okotoks Library in the fall of 2016. The program will accept families with children aged 3 yrs to 5 years. The focus will be sharing ideas, knowledge and strategies with parents/caregivers on how to create “Natured Kids” and the reasons this is so important for a child’s long term wellness and learning. Long term impact from any program for children happens when their parents and caregivers give them the opportunity, on a daily basis to experience the joy of nature and learning.

Puddles as opportunities

Puddles as opportunities

In the past decade, the benefits of connecting to nature have been well documented in numerous scientific research studies and publications. Taken all together this research shows that children’s social, psychological, academic and physical health is positively impacted when they have daily contact with nature. All of the following positive impacts affect children’s early development and literacy and learning:

Supports multiple development domains: Nature is important to children’s development in every major way—intellectually, emotionally, socially, spiritually and physically (Kellert, 2005).

Supports creativity and problem solving: Studies of children in schoolyards found that children engage in more creative forms of play in the green areas. They also played more cooperatively (Bell and Dyment,2006). Play in nature is especially important for developing capacities for creativity, problem-solving, and intellectual development (Kellert, 2005).

Enhances cognitive abilities: Proximity to, views of, and daily exposure to natural settings increases children’s ability to focus and enhances cognitive abilities (Wells, 2000).

Improves academic performance: Studies in the US show that schools that use outdoor classrooms andother forms of nature-based experiential education support significant student gains in social studies, science, language arts, and math. Students in outdoor science programs improved their science testing scores by 27% (American Institutes for Research, 2005).

Reduces Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) symptoms: Contact with the natural world can significantly reduce symptoms of attention deficit disorder in children as young as five years old (Kuo and Taylor, 2004).

Increases physical activity: Children who experience school grounds with diverse natural settings are more physically active, more aware of nutrition, more civil to one another and more creative (Bell and Dyment, 2006).

Improves nutrition: Children who grow their own food are more likely to eat fruits and vegetables (Bell &Dyment, 2008) and to show higher levels of knowledge about nutrition (Waliczek, & Zajicek, 2006). They are also more likely to continue healthy eating habits throughout their lives (Morris & Zidenberg-Cherr, 2002).

Improves eyesight: More time spent outdoors is related to reduced rates of nearsightedness, also known as myopia, in children and adolescents (American Academy of Ophthalmology, 2011).

Improves social relations: Children will be smarter, better able to get along with others, healthier and happier when they have regular opportunities for free and unstructured play in the out-of-doors (Burdette and Whitaker, 2005).

Improves self-discipline: Access to green spaces, and even a view of green settings, enhances peace, self-control and self-discipline within inner city youth, and particularly in girls (Taylor, Kuo and Sullivan, 2001).

Reduces stress: Green plants and vistas reduce stress among highly stressed children. Locations with greater number of plants, greener views, and access to natural play areas show more significant results. (Wells and Evans, 2003).

What do children want?


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Have Fun as a Family! Community Family Literacy Bingo Card!

bingo card

The Community Bingo Card was launched on January 27th 2016 and continued until the Family Day weekend in February.  This was a community partnership to promote literacy in the Foothills. Families picked up their cards from the High River Library, Sheep River Library, Okotoks Public Library, Museum of the Highwood and Literacy for Life Foundation office.  As well, all children in Grade 3 were given a card to take home.

Once families completed the activities on the bingo card they handed it in to one of the libraries and their name was draw for a prize donated by Literacy for Life.

The three winners of the Telus Spark Family Pass, $100.00 gift certificate to Boston Pizza, Family Recreation Passes and a Board Game were:

Oktotoks Public Library: Felicia Phillips and family

High River Library: Marissa and Madden

High River Winner

Sheep River Library:  TBA

The Bingo card is done but that doesn’t mean the activities stop.  Literacy is built day by day in the home.

Go to this link for More ideas on how to build literacy as a family and have fun doing it!

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