Family Literacy Day – January 27th to February 27th. – Play our Family Literacy Bingo Card
Starts January 27th. 1 card per family. Cards can be picked up at Literacy for Life Foundation Office, Okotoks Library, High River Library and Sheep River Library. They also will be handed out to all Grade 3 children in the schools. Complete all the activities, fill out the back and hand in to your closest location. All completed bingo cards will be entered into a draw for a Telus Spark Gift Certificate, Boston Pizza Gift Certificate and 3 Board Games. Each library will draw for a prize. (3 separate prizes) Please note the dates for the draw at each location as they vary.
December 5th 2016. Call the office at 403.652.5090 or register online at www.litforlife.com
The draw for our 2016 raffle was held on December 14th. Darcy Blanchard from Okotoks was the lucky winner. He will recieve $5,000.00 in Air Canada Gift Cards. Thank you to everyone for supporting our raffle. Watch for the 2017 raffle starting March 2017.
Wonderful Cards for sale:
We still have our cards for sale at #3 1204 – 10th St. SE, High River, Alberta. Available during work days from Monday to Thursday 9:00 am – 4:00 pm.
Do you need Greeting Cards? NorthplusSouth, an Okotoks business, donated some wonderful good quality cards for our use. Only $1.00 a card. Choose from Christmas, Thank you, Birthdays, Anniversary and much, much more.
Little Libraries: Community Reads
If you are interested in having a “Community Reads” box on your property contact Sue at email@example.com. We have started a list of people who are interested in their own little library. It was first come first served and presently have a wait list.
Highwood HighSchool Industrial Arts class has agreed to make our libraries as a school project. We are excited to partner with the young people at that school. They will start construction in January.
All those that have indicated they wanted a library will be invited to a work bee to paint and decorate their library. Once they are painted the individuals/families can take them home and set them up on their property. Help will be provided to install if needed. It will be the responsibility of the owner of the “Community Reads” box to maintain the books and the library.
Some boxes will also be set up on public property. A map will be made showing where all Community Read boxes are located. The map will be available on our website as well as Our High River, Town of High River and other appropriate locations.
More information to follow.
Preserving Memories – Technology, Seniors and Youth
If anyone is interested in becoming a mentor for seniors to learn more about technology or to get help to preserve memories to digital contact the High River Library at 403.652.2917. Training will be provided for mentors to learn about the new technology and some tips on working with the senior population.
This project is a 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. The second part of the project is providing volunteer mentors to help support the senior’s learning. (Partially funded by the New Horizon Federal Grant).
Grate Groan Up Spelling Bee – October 1st 2016 at the Wales Theatre.
Watch for information in February 2017. The 5th Annual Bee will be held on September 30th 2017.
The 4th Annual Grate Groan Up Spelling Bee held on October 1st 2016 at the historic Wales Theatre was a success. Raised: $26,225.00
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
Check out the 2015 video. Thank you Meagan and Christina for volunteering your time to create this GRATE video.
Thank you to all the individuals and families that took the time to share “How Literacy for Life made a difference in their lives?” Check out the first video in the series.
Thank you also to the Mount Royal Students. You did a great job!
There’s a native American saying that goes like this: “It takes a thousand voices to tell a single story.” Similarly, it takes all the voices in an organization to tell its story. The most powerful voices are the families and individuals served by Literacy for Life.
We will be asking for people to use their voice to share the work of the organization in a number of different ways and create an ongoing story that will get to the heart of what we do.
Once Upon a Time……..
WE stared a video story a couple years ago through the great work of a volunteer. This video shares a part of our story.
Literacy for Life Foundation provides programs that focus on the early years. Our family literacy programs support parents helping them help their children. That is part of our story.
Check out our Volunteer Tab on our website to find fulfilling volunteer experiences that positively impact the community. Volunteering with Literacy for Life provides you with the ability to spark new relationships with community members that can provide a personal and a professional benefit. Thank you to all the volunteers that worked Literacy for Life’s casino on April 29th and April 30th 2015. We couldn’t have done it with out you.
Literacy for Life also is looking for volunteers to sit on the Grate Groan Up Spelling Bee Event Committee. Come out and help us organize our signature fund raising and awareness event. Check out Information on the Grate Groan Up Spelling Bee
Our programs are free or low-cost and are open to all residents of the Municipal District of Foothills #31 in Alberta, Canada. Part of our service to the community is to provide information and resources for parents and agencies. Visit our FaceBook and Pinterest for current information and resources
Literacy and learning are keys to success in life. It is never too late to make a difference in our learning. Literacy for Life programs provide a way for adults to seek out and engage in lifelong learning opportunities in the community – for themselves and their family. These programs help build the nine essential skills needed for work, family and community.
“It is important to affect an individual’s literacy development early, but as literacy and learning are a lifetime process, it is never too late and never too early.”
Literacy for Life had the opportunity to participate in creating a lasting legacy for the Town of High River and an opportunity to be part of the healing process from the Flood of 2013. The organization contributed to the committee and acted as fiscal agent for grants and donations that were accessed for publication of the book. Calgary Foundation, Provincial Government and Town of High River Disaster funds offset the cost of publication allowing all profits to be returned to the community for flood recovery.
Stories of the High River Flood Book will provide a lasting legacy and a learning tool for generations as it is a detailed historical account of one of Alberta’s most devastating natural disasters.
The collection of 237 stories and over 400 photos submitted by flood victims themselves provided the community with an important opportunity — an opportunity to heal a torn community.