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Random Age-Friendly: Summer reading is for fun

Nathan Moulton is excited to start colouring after having completed his reading session with coordinator/tutor, Anita Drodge.
Nathan Moulton is excited to start colouring after having completed his reading session with coordinator/tutor, Anita Drodge. - Photo courtesy of Random Age-Friendly Communities

Once again the Clarenville Area Laubach Literacy Council is offering the Summer Reading for Fun program. It began on July 17 and will run until Aug. 24.

There are 30 students enrolled in the program and approximately 15 of those students partake in the group activity session held on Fridays.

On Group Activity Day tutor Mary Pardy gets together with students enjoying the program.
On Group Activity Day tutor Mary Pardy gets together with students enjoying the program.

A number of the students are returning students from 2017.  These students enjoyed the program so much that they couldn’t wait to return.

The program is provided free of cost to parents and their children.

The goal of the Summer Reading for Fun program, which began in Newfoundland & Labrador in 1990, is to provide supplementary reading, writing, and numeracy activities to school-aged children as well as group fun activities for preschoolers.

The program also creates a summer learning culture that bridges the gap from June to September. Both individual instruction and group activities are used to achieve this goal.

Children receive two one-on-one sessions per week.  The times for these sessions are chosen by the parents on a first-come, first-served basis.

Throughout the province, the program is staffed by secondary and post-secondary students as tutors.  At the Clarenville site, Anita Drodge is the coordinator/tutor and Mary Pardy is a tutor.

Prior to commencement of the program, Drodge and Pardy received training on topics related to the daily operations of the program such as learning styles, math, reading circles, reading strategies, writing tips, and site set-up.

The salaries for the tutors are provided by Service Canada under the Canada Summer Jobs program. 

The program is offered each summer and is implemented and coordinated by Newfoundland and Labrador Laubach Literacy Council. 

The local Steering Committee is responsible for hiring the coordinator and tutors and monitoring the day-to-day activities of the site.

Clarenville’s Steering Committee is comprised of Clarenville Area Laubach Literacy Council members as well as staff of the College of the North Atlantic.

Students painted and coloured as well.
Students painted and coloured as well.

Knowing the importance of addressing literacy needs in Newfoundland & Labrador, the Random Age-Friendly Communities organization is pleased to see that its Educational Sub-committee is a part of the Summer Reading for Fun program.

The board thanks volunteers who operate the program and the College of the North Atlantic for providing the facility to offer such a worthwhile program.

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