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W.A. Day school marks Literacy Day with activities

W.A. Day school marked Family Literacy Day with a variety of activities on Thursday, but the celebration goes on for a month.

The school is encouraging the rest of Fort Macleod to play Literacy Bingo until February 28.

“We hope that your family is able to participate in all, or at least some, of the activities found on the Literacy Bingo board that came home with your child,” reads the notice in the newsletter. “This is an activity we have asked our community to play as well.”

People are asked to complete a specific activity in order to block out a space on the Literacy Bingo board.

For example, the oldest family member can tell a story from their childhood or from when one of the children was young.

Families can develop their own outdoor scavenger hunt by creating a list of items and going for a walk together to find them.

For families travelling together, they can try to complete the alphabet using letters found on the licence plates of other vehicles.

In all, there are 25 activities described on the Literacy Bingo board, which is in the newsletter on the school Web site.

W.A. Day school principal said groups around town were asked to share why literacy is important to them, either at work, or in their personal life. 

Some of the residents from Pioneer Lodge wrote why they think literacy is important, including Delle Schmidt.

“Reading is the most significant achievement of every child,” Schmidt wrote. “In fact reading at a very early age is a mark of high general intelligence, but it is more than just being intelligent scholastically. Reading opens the experience of humanity to the entire world. It becomes the source of almost all new ideas and it gives us a knowledge of our dependence on all other life forms.”

“By reading we learn the history of man. We learn through reading how thinking developed from ancient time to the present. We come to understand other cultures than our own and come to realize the strength of human beings is their diversity and not their commonality.”

“Reading enables us to grow and develop from a self-centered infant to a responsible citizen of the world.”

Some of the activities on Literacy Day were based on the work of author Barbara Reid

“What’s really cool about Barbara Reid’s books is not only is she the author of the books — she writes the words — she’s also the illustrator as well. She creates the art work for her books,” said Laura Pearce, a Grade 3 teacher at W.A. Day school.

Pearce read Reid’s book Picture The Sky in a video on W.A. Day school’s Web site.

Pearce explained that Reid uses clay or plasticene to create the images and then photographs them for the pages of her books.