News Release - September 7, 2007
SMARTPACKS AIM TO BUILD FAMILY LITERACY
Saskatchewan families residing in communities targeted for revitalization with at least one child under the age of five are now eligible to receive a Family Literacy SmartPack.
"Family literacy engages not only the child, but all members of the family in activities that support the development of literacy skills," Minister responsible for Literacy Deb Higgins said. "SmartPacks will encourage more parents to read to their children and create a culture of family literacy within the home."
The Saskatchewan Literacy Commission is providing approximately 9000 Saskatchewan families with SmartPacks. As part of the Government of Saskatchewan's commitment to build strong families and communities, the government is providing approximately $500,000 in 2007-08 for the Family Literacy SmartPack initiative. This initiative is administered by the Saskatchewan Literacy Commission to help build healthy children and families in Saskatchewan.
"The most important lessons in life are taught by our first teachers, our family members," Higgins said. "What a child learns before the age of six lasts forever."
"On this second anniversary of the establishment of the Literacy Commission it is a significant milestone to be launching a program in support of young families and the literacy development of the next generation," Saskatchewan Literacy Commissioner Dr. Margaret Lipp said.
The revitalization communities include specific neighbourhoods in Regina, Saskatoon, Prince Albert, North Battleford and all the communities in the North. SmartPacks are an investment in the families that live in the revitalization communities.
The SmartPack launch is being held in conjunction with International Literacy Day celebrated on September 8, 2007.
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