With summer in full swing, the Southwest Horizon School Division is once again offering a free literacy program for both pre-school and school aged kids. Now in its sixth year, it is held in Wawanesa, Maple Grove, Hartney, Pierson, Newdale, Waskada, Souris, Deloraine as well as in Melita between July 3-August 10.
With the program not typically offered by school divisions, current Superintendent Carolyn Cory had the idea when she was directory of student services six years ago. Offered with the assistance of the Green Team Grant from the Manitoba Children and Youth Opportunities and Southwest Horizon School Division, it has become successful. The program hires four summer students or Literacy Leaders who are either entering the Faculty of Education at Brandon University or have recently graduated with their Bachelor of Education. They work in teams and travel to each community within the division one day a week and offer the literacy-based recreation program.
The preschool program includes children aged 3-5 years old while the school aged children are 6-9 years old. The objective of the program is to have the children explore both written and oral language through games, music, drama, reading, writing, and hands-on activities. When the children are initially dropped off, they begin by playing with puzzles, play dough and colouring, then move onto a themed project and enjoy snack time, reading and singing.
The entire division has over a hundred registered with an average of 8-10 kids in each class. But registration is ongoing, so kids can join at any time if there is space. For more information, contact the Director of Student Services Jill Patmore at 1-204-483-6244 or firstname.lastname@example.org.