What’s Happening at Literacy for Life Foundation!

Click on this link for more information on the 2017 Bee!


We are looking for individuals to help with the Grate Groan Up Spelling Bee 2017. See info below.  Volunteers are important to the success of the event and we are looking for people to help organize, sell raffle tickets, be the BEE and much more. Check out this link for more information about the 2016 Bee.

A few specific jobs are:

Help our teams – be the promotion expert and help our teams collect donations.

Be our Bee mascot

Help sell raffle tickets – Get your raffle ticket.  Only $10.00 a ticket. Win $3,000.00 in Air Canada Gift Cards and an awesome travel bag.  Tickets are availabel at Studio D, High River, Museum of Highwood, our office and community events.

Help on the day of the Bee – September 30th

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 will be available on our website as well as Our High River, Town of High River 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


















What does horses and bees have to do about literacy?

Can you guess what horses and bees have to do with literacy? It is a tough question but the answer is really easy!  Horses and Bees raise money for literacy. Spruce Meadows with the support of ConocoPhilips and the Calgary Sun launched an initiative called “Horses Give a Leg Up” which was a response to the Southern Alberta Floods of 2013.

Through adversity came opportunity. Literacy for Life was chosen as one of the 20 non-profits to participate in this exciting project.  Not only did the organization have an opportunity to raise funds for programs; the initiative created a platform to raise awareness about literacy.

Each non-profit was supplied with a life sized fiber glass horse and $500.00 to purchase materials to decorate the horse.  This all had to be done in less than a month.  Prizes were awarded for best decorated – first, second and third place.  All horses were displayed at Spruce Meadows over the summer and were  up for auction to all interested bidders. We were very excited to place second demonstrating creativity and style. Our award winning horse brought in $7,000.00 in prize money.

The design of “Letter Go!” was chosen for its visual simplicity and its representation of our organization’s core values. The horse is divided into 9 sections, moving from black, through various shades of grey, to white. Each section corresponds to one of the 9 essential skills.  Thanks to Nicole Levesque for her vision.  We are awaiting the results of the online auction. Stay tuned for further information on the new owner of “Letter Go”.

2nd Place - Letter Go
2nd Place – “Letter Go”

What about Bees?  On October 4th we are holding the second Annual Grate Groan Up Spelling Bee at the Wales Theatre, High River .  Our Bees will bee out Buzzing around creating the Buzz about the BEE!  We have 11 teams entered into the Bee and they are all out buzzing around collecting donations in support of literacy and learning.  Click on this link for further information.  The teams are listed and there is a link to each of their fund raising pages.

October 4th 2014 Wales Theatre  High River, Alberta
October 4th 2014
Wales Theatre
High River, Alberta

Bees and Horses do have something to do about LITERACY!