At Lloydminster city council’s meeting on Monday, Mayor Rob Saunders ushered in Family Literacy Day.
“On behalf of Lloydminster city council, I, His Worship, Mayor Rob Saunders of Lloydminster, do proclaim Jan. 27, 2015 as Family Literacy Day and encourage all citizens to enrich their lives and the life of our community through their involvement in family literacy programs,” he said.
Saunders was then joined at the lectern by a delegation from the Lloydminster Learning Council Association (LLCA).
“It was great to be a part of that and have the mayor sign the proclamation and proclaim Family Literacy Day,” said LLCA literacy co-ordinator Tamara Dallmann.
Dallmann says it is was important for the mayor to recognize the value of promoting literacy in the community.
“Family learning helps maintain the literacy levels of adults and encourages the development of lifelong readers and learners and research shows that parents have a strong influence on the literacy development of their children,” she said. To celebrate Family Literacy Day, the LLCA is handing out bookmarks and workbooks to Grade 1 students at Jack Kemp Community School.
“We respect what they do and city council respects the work they do as far as literacy goes in the community,” said Saunders, regarding the LLCA. “They offer so many programs for our community, (English language arts) programs all the way to computer programs for seniors. So there’s a wide spectrum and as everyone knows, learning to read and write is the foundation of your education going forward.”
The LLCA has family literacy programs running at different times throughout the year, and Dallmann says Family Literacy Day has brought increased attention.
“We have seen a peak in interest in our family literacy programs,” she said. “Both of the programs we’re running this term, for January and February, we’ve had tons of interest in them.”
On March 16, the LLCA will be holding a free family literacy certificate training workshop.
The workshop is aimed at people who work with families, like healthcare providers and educational assistants.