Jan. 27, 2009
FREDERICTON (CNB) - Children are celebrating Family Literacy Day today with Premier Shawn Graham and Education Minister Kelly Lamrock.
Graham read to students in kindergarten and in Grade 4 at New Maryland Elementary School.
"On the occasion of Family Literacy Day, I encourage all communities and families in New Brunswick to introduce their children to the joy of reading and writing," Graham said. "Being able to read and write well is one of the best ways of achieving self-sufficiency."
Lamrock, meanwhile, read to a Grade 3 class at École des Bâtisseurs in Fredericton.
"Reading to a group of students, as I did today, brings back fond memories for me, of spending many enjoyable moments as a child with my family, reading and learning together," Lamrock said. "Today, I am passing that passion for reading and writing on to my children."
Family Literacy Day is a national awareness initiative launched by the ABC Canada Literacy Foundation in 1999. It is held each Jan. 27.
"Through the commitment of our government and the support of parents, educators, administrators, and communities, New Brunswick students will continue to improve their reading and writing skills," Lamrock said. "We are already seeing an improvement in literacy outcomes, but we must continue our efforts to achieve all the objectives of our strategy When kids come first."
Lamrock added, "I invite all families and communities in New Brunswick to take the time to read, write, and participate in all activities that will develop our children's language skills."
MEDIA CONTACTS: Johanne Le Blanc, 506-453-3085, or Hillary Casey, 506-444-4714, communications, Department of Education; Marie-Andrée Bolduc, Office of the Premier, 506-444-2286.