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Friday December 20th, 2013

Posted at 11:00am

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Guest Article By Jennifer Minovski

Shilon Ngowe-Mkandawire is ecstatic about the holiday present he received from his Grade One teacher this year. “I can’t wait to read the books when I am away from school during the holiday.”

Shilon is one of many Grade One Students who received a series of five story books during a Literacy Café taking place on Friday, December 12th in the afternoon.

During this Literacy Café, Prince Edward Grade One students and their parents were treated to cookies and refreshments in the school library while Grade One teachers and Prince Edward’s Learning Commons teacher outlined a variety of activities for parents to engage their children in learning and practising literacy skills.

The five books were created by the Greater Essex County District School Board of Education Program Department and are written to promote Literacy Curriculum.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to engage our parents and introduce them to a variety of activities they can do at home to assist in their children’s learning,” Says Millissa Chlumecky, a Grade One Teacher and one of the presenters at the Literacy Café. “The students will receive the books just in time for the holidays and our parents will be empowered to engage their children in meaningful activities while sharing the love of literacy,” Chlumecky adds.

Judging by the excitement of the students and parents, the books made wonderful gifts that will be enjoyed throughout the holiday season and New Year.

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