The Holidays – Moments of Learning

The holidays are a time for family, friends and a lot of food. A time to reflect and reconnect; a time to be thankful. It is also a time when some essential skills are put to the test.

In this busy season, we write holiday cards, we create budgets, we read the timeless classics, we work to perfect new and old recipes, we order gifts online, we add up our bills, we attempt to communicate with our families.

Adding to the long list of things to do this season, actively engage in literacy activities and discuss them with your family and friends. Read Frosty the Snowman as opposed to watching the cartoon. Have your children read the recipe for gingerbread cookies as you create the yummy treats. Learn how to set up the webcam and have an online chat with your friend in another country. Put the read back in romance and cuddle up by the fire with a novel.

Make the best moments of the holidays, learning moments – in every sense of the word.

Happy Holidays!

Update on LLO Literacy Awareness Day

Left to right, Gary Porter, LLO Board member and former literacy student; Sue Bannon, LLO President; and Kevin Flynn, MPP for Oakville and the Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister for Training, Colleges and Universities.

Laubach Literacy Ontario (LLO) continued their fight for adult literacy programming by holding a Literacy Awareness Day at Queen’s Park on Monday, November 23rd. The purpose of the event was to thank the Government of Ontario and the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU) for additional funding this year and to stress the need for increased funding.

Overall the event was a success, says Sue Bannon, President of LLO and Executive Director of the Midland Area Reading Council.  She, along with the assistance of her local MPP, Garfield Dunlop, organized the event, which drew together 60 learners, volunteers and practitioners to meet with approximately 20 MPP’s or their aids. Representatives from the Ontario Literacy Coalition, Community Literacy of Ontario, and AlphaPlus Centre were also on hand at the event to lend support.

Community-based literacy programs have not received a cost-of-living increase in more than 10 years.  While a 2-year infusion of funds has helped address severe waiting lists of adult learners wanting to upgrade their skills to get employment or further their education, the lack of sustainable, adequate funding remains the single greatest issue for most programs across Ontario.

To read more and see pictures from the event, go to the link below:

http://www.laubach-on.ca/litfacts.htm

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