May 13, 2010
PETIT-ROCHER (CNB) - Forty-six volunteers received recognition awards today for their work on a literacy centre pilot project at two School District 5 schools.
Education Minister Roland Haché and the Fondation des caisses populaires acadiennes recognized the partners involved in the literacy project at Académie Notre-Dame in Dalhousie and École Le Tournesol in Petit-Rocher in School District 5, L'Étoile du Nord.
"I am convinced that through these literacy centres it is possible to help students become independent readers and take their place in the global society and economy of the 21st century," said Haché. "I also want to thank School District 5, the two participating schools, the Caisses populaires acadiennes, Elementary Literacy, the New Brunswick Public Library Service, and the Fédération d'alphabétisation du Nouveau-Brunswick for their contribution and dedication to this pilot project, and the volunteers for guiding the students in their learning."
The project was developed in District 5 and launched by the Department of Education and the Caisses populaires acadiennes in December 2009.
"The program provides an enriching experience for the child and the volunteer," said Simonne Berthelotte, a volunteer partner of Académie Notre-Dame. "I get a lot out of it and I have the feeling of offering the child quality time both in terms of learning and human contact."
In keeping with the practice at community schools, the literacy centres volunteer partners offer individual help after school to students in grades one to three who are having trouble learning to read. The support may be provided throughout the school year and even during summer literacy camps.
"Teaching children how to read goes beyond the boundaries of the school with the literacy centres," said Camille Thériault, president and chief executive officer of the Mouvement des caisses populaires acadiennes. "This is a wonderful example of giving the gift of oneself, through the generous involvement of volunteers from the caisses populaires and the community, and of wanting to help young people in their community improve their reading. This gesture is all the more symbolic, because the results of this activity will be measured over the long term in our society. We will be eternally grateful to all those who have contributed to its success."
The pilot project will continue at the two schools until the end of the summer, after which the Department of Education and its partners will look at the possibility of making it a provincial program in the fall.
The project is in keeping with the provincial government's commitment to offer a literacy assistance program throughout New Brunswick with the support of Elementary Literacy.
EDITOR'S NOTE: A list of the volunteer partners who received a recognition award follows. MEDIA CONTACTS: Johanne Le Blanc, communications, Department of Education, 506-453-3085; Mario Griffin, communications and public relations, Fédération des caisses populaires acadiennes, 506-726-4785.
List of volunteer partners who received a recognition award
École Le Tournesol (Petit-Rocher)
Académie Notre-Dame (Dalhousie)