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!”

The Town of High River is helping to prepare a map that shows the locations of the Book Bungalows.  The map will be available online by September 8th  Below is a list of locations.  Not all Bungalows are installed.

Book Bungalow Locations in High River
714 9th Ave SE near the Fire Hall.
407 4th Ave SE
1102 Highland GreenView NW
Will be located at the new Water Tower Playgroud
1204 10th Street SE – In front of Youth Centre by Skate Board Park
40 7th Ave SE
Sunrise Height Villas in NE HR
340 4th Ave SE
by Emerson Lake
Garden- McLaughin Meadows
South end of Riverside Dr. (Riverside Garden)
High Country Rise NW (green space near spray park)
390 Ellis Crescent High River
Joe Clark School – 1208 9 Ave SE
712 Hamptons Bay
119  Sunset Way
7 Sullivan Rd SW
#30 – 7th Ave SE
231 – 3rd Ave SE
116 – 4 Ave SW – Between Evelyn’s and Colossis
Unit 106, 303 – 9th Avenue SW – Parent Link, Charles Clark Medical Centre
 120 6th Ave SW
416 3rd St SE
415 8th Street SW
32 Sunrise Close SE
Sheppard Family Park – garden
825 6th Street SW
1534 11 Ave. SE
941 MacLeod Trail
31 1st Ave. SE
223 6th Ave SE
1812 High Park Blvd
515 6th Ave SW

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 Colossis 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 offical 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

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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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!

Time to Register – March 9th 2015

Literacy for Life offers a wide range of programs for families and adults. Check out our Parent/Child Pre-School Programs, School Aged Programs and Adult ProgramsOnline registration or call the office at 403.652.5090 starting March 9th 2015 for Spring Registration.

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.

dad-reading-with-two-children

“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.”

CTV video demonstrating the importance of the early years.

BEE THERE! 2nd Annual Grate Groan Up Spelling Bee

Only  room for one more team. Enter your team and help raise funds to support literacy and learning in the Foothills.  Though your  participation get free promotion for your business.  Literacy for Life has a strong social media presence and traditional promotional tools.  High River Online, Sun Country 99.7 and AM1140 are major sponsors of the event.

The Grate Groan-Up Spelling Bee is the hottest competition in the MD of Foothills.  This hilarious, action packed afternoon  on October 4th, 2014 has teams of three people competing in a battle for bragging rights to spelling supremacy and to win the coveted BEE Trophy.   Not only are they battling for spelling supremacy they are in a competition to see which team can raise the most pledges to support literacy and learning in the Foothills.

Join us October 4th 2014 at the Wales Theatre, High River for the Bee-vent! Thank you to the Kidwai Family who own the Wales Theatre for their major sponsorship of the Bee!  Check out our Video promoting the Bee and Literacy for Life.

Are you a better speller than our participants? Come out and watch.  Test your own skills. Enjoy a fun afternoon  without being a participant on the stage.  There is limited seating and a cash donation will be collected at the door. We’re thrilled to announce  the return of John Barlow our Conservative MP as the Bee-Master of Ceremonies and Darrel Janz of Inspired, CTV as the Master Bee Pronouncer, and Danielle Smith, MLA and Leader of the Opposition as Honorary Chair.   Also returning is Sandra Wiebe of Routes Media and Doris Daley as our esteemed Bee- judges.  The spelling bee-vent will be at the Wales Theatre, High River.

How can you help!

  • Enter a team!
  • Make a pledge? Donate Now!
  • Be an event sponsor!
  • Set up a Fund raising page to support your team or Literacy for Life.  Click on this link Canada Helps  and set up your Fund Raising page.
  • Go to your team’s Fund Raising Page  on our event page and support your team!

We’re currently recruiting Bee-keepers. If you would like to volunteer, we’d love to hear from you! info@litforlife.com or 403.652.5090

Follow our Facebook Page  http://www.facebook.com/LiteracyforLife) or follow the BEE Tweets at @FoothillsLFL to keep up to date on what is happening. Watch for news about our special Bee mascot when she tours to your community.  Thank you to Anna Quick, Dianne Vallee and Taylor Fleming.   Please use the social sharing tools below to share this announcement and get your community buzzing about the Grate Groan-Up Spelling Bee!

  October 4th 2014 Wales Theatre  High River, Alberta

Major Sponsor
Sun Country 99.7AM 1140

“Letter Go” – Award winning horse in support of literacy!

Literacy for Life Foundation is excited to announce our second place win in the “Horses Give a Leg Up” sponsored by Spruce Meadows. Congratulations are in order to all the groups that painted and created their horses to reflect their passion and their cause.  The competition was fierce!

After a discussion on Facebook the horse was named:  Letter Go!

A fine name for a fine horse.

Letter Go - 2nd Place Winner
Letter Go – 2nd Place Winner

Literacy for Life Foundation would like to offer an exciting opportunity to businesses and our supporters.  BUY AN AWARD WINNING HORSE!  LOW MAINTENANCE!

In June of 2013, our organization’s service area was dramatically impacted by the Southern Alberta Floods. The impact was felt personally and professionally by staff and volunteers of the organization, our clients and changed the Town of High River forever.

Through adversity comes opportunity. Literacy for Life was chosen as one of the non-profits in the Horses Leg Up for Charities initiative.  We received a life-sized fibre glass horse to decorate in less than a month. It was fun and we accomplished it with the help of community, staff, and AutoDynamics, an auto body business in High River.  Special Thanks to Nicole Levesque for her vision and skill in turning the concept to reality.

The launch of the horses happened on June 7th 2014 at Spruce Meadows and we were awarded second prize out of 20 horses for creativity and design. The horses are now up for auction and can be accessed at Online Auction

The design for 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 and symbols were placed on the horse to represent the many facets of literacy. The head starts out black and is filled with symbols. As you progress to the white, the symbols become less, representing the movement in learning. We go from the dark to the light, as we filter information to live our lives. (9 essential skills – Reading, writing, document use, numeracy, oral communication, computer use, working together, critical thinking and lifelong learning)

47% of Albertans have difficulty with literacy that impacts their day to day life.

Literacy for Life Foundation does not receive any core funding and relies on fundraising, grant writing, and donations to provide service to over 1,500 individuals a year. Proceeds from the auction will go towards programming to help many people reach their literacy potential.

The horse could be a showcase for a business as it is a beautiful piece of art or it could be donated back to the people of High River as a symbol of hope after the devastation.  The horse would be placed in location where all of High River could enjoy it.  “Letter Go” has been clear coated with paint donated by Advanced Coatings from Calgary and can be placed inside or outside. A plaque would be placed with the horse giving the company recognition for its generous support.

Consider becoming a horse owner and a supporter of literacy.  Low Maintenance. Please visit the online auction site and make your bid.

A big thank you to Spruce Meadows and the corporate sponsors-Calgary Sun and ConocoPhillips.