Sherwood Park, AB. — Students and staff throughout Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) are spending the week celebrating Read In Week 2018.

From October 1-5, schools across the Division are hosting various activities for students in honour of Read In Week 2018—a Divisionwide initiative that takes place annually to promote a lifelong love of reading in students and enhance literacy awareness among students, staff, families and community members. The theme this year: Bringing Stories to Life. Throughout the week, students will discover how stories live on, even after a book is finished.

“Literacy can serve as a way to spark creativity, and to inspire students to begin crafting their own stories,” says Tamara Martin Spady, a Literacy Consultant at EIPS. “This year’s Read In Week is not only about fostering a love of reading, but also about encouraging students to think about the themes and messages in their favourite stories, and to bring them to life through their own art and storytelling.”

Some of the activities planned within the Division for Read In Week 2018 include school assemblies; buddy-reading opportunities; mystery readers; book giveaways; reading games; and lesson plans focused around the theme, Bringing Stories to Life. Additionally, several guest readers are planned for the week including EIPS trustees and administration, local MLAs and local municipal representatives. Several EIPS schools are also planning to take part in the Global Read Aloud program, a reading program that connects 1.2-million students from more than 70 countries, allowing them to become part of a read-along spanning the globe.

In addition to individual activities, EIPS schools, staff, students and community members are invited to participate in Read In Week by reading themselves, to a child or to someone in the community. People can also share what they learn throughout the week on social media using the hashtag #eipsreads.

 

EIPS is one of Alberta’s largest school divisions, serving approximately 17,150 students in 43 schools. We are proud to be an integral part of our communities, including Sherwood Park, Fort Saskatchewan, Vegreville, Strathcona and Lamont counties, and the western portion of the County of Minburn.

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For more information contact:
Tamara Martin Spady, Literacy Consultant, Supports for Students, EIPS, 780-868-7802
Laura McNabb, Director, Communication Services, EIPS 780-417-8204 cell 780-405-4902