#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.

 

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.

Build Community and Creativity – Foothills Cardboard Challenge and #ShareRocks Project

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!

Amazing creativity and an amazing little boy.
Amazing creativity and an amazing little boy.

Watch for upcoming information end of August on our new project #ShareRocks – bring your rocks and paint and brushes will be provided.

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

 

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 info@litforlife.com 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

 

Nature is a key ingredient for learning!

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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?