On Tuesday, January 27, the halls of Queen Alexandra Elementary School were buzzing with excitement as students of all ages participated in Family Literacy Day, an interactive station-based program coordinated by Shelley Chutka, Queen Alex's Youth and Family Worker.
During the day, students prepared Valentine's Day crafts, munched on popcorn, participated in a "literacy relay", learned about safety from Vancouver firefighters and police officers, read books with special guests, played games and bingo and, generally, had a great time.
"We want to promote and celebrate family literacy," says Chutka. "We want to encourage families to take part in literacy with kids and show them how it can be fun. So having an all-day event to celebrate family literacy and involving parents helps everyone feel more part of the school."
Chutka says roughly 200 kids participated in the event with dozens of parents also participating.
While Chutka says she put in countless hours organizing things, she says the real super-stars were her amazing student leadership group. She also credits London Drugs (at 41st and Victoria), Super Value, the Rio Theatre, Canadian Tire and Ethical Bean Coffee for their support and donations to the event.
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