FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Jan. 27, 2016 is officially Family Literacy Day, as proclaimed by the City of Fort St. John.
Executive Director of Fort St. John Literacy Society, Sonja Harkness, says the benefits of literacy programs for families are boundless.
“We believe literacy is especially important, when it comes to families, especially with children,” she told Council, adding that literacy programs can have a significant impact, bettering the economic, social and civic life in our city.
Harkness also says School District 60 will spend the day dedicating extra time to stories and reading with all their students, as well as teaching the students the importance of literacy.
The Public Library plans on doing a camp-in event this year on Saturday, Jan. 30. Families can reserve a spot and set up a tent, to spend the night in the Library.
Whole Wheat ‘n Honey Café will also have extra books on display for their customers to read or borrow and some of them will even be donated.
Fort St. John Literacy Society is pushing this day forward as a way to help boost literacy in the community: They say almost 25 per cent of people between 18 and 35 have not completed high school, and over 35 per cent of working-age people do not have the literacy skills they need to achieve their goals in the modern economy.
Mayor Lori Ackerman, very supportive of the day and promoting family literacy, also expressed interest in bringing something similar to ‘Raise a Reader‘ to Fort St. John.