Rotary set to turn the page on literacy

News Nov 22, 2006 Flamborough Review

You can never spend enough time listening to kids read.

And that, says Rotary Club of Waterdown past president Sue Collins, is the reason the local chapter has decided to boost Family Literacy Day on January 27.

"Literacy is also a big priority for Rotary International," added Collins, who was introduced to Family Literacy Day as the mother of a young reader.

Collins is excited about the two events planned to celebrate Family Literacy Day, not just because they are designed to promote reading, but because they create a unique opportunity for parents and children to get involved as a family.

"We had a brainstorming session last June with other groups, schools and churches and the one theme we kept hearing was that families are so busy they have no time to do anything together," she noted. "With the interest in literacy within Rotary itself, supporting Family Literacy Day dovetailed nicely."

The first event - which families can get started on during the second week of Christmas break - is a family story-writing contest. All entries must be jointly written by at least one adult and one child, and can be a maximum of 1,000 words.

Deadline for entering is 5 p.m. on January 18, and entries can be dropped off at Busybee Toys and Books at the Waterdown Shopping Centre or emailed to info@waterdown-rotary.net. Prizes have been donated by local businesses and include a dinner coupon from East Side Marios (first place), and family gift packs from Busybee Toys and Books (second and third place).

When it comes to subject matter, authors can let their imaginations run wild.

"The story can be on any subject, and they can be fiction or a personal essay," said Collins.

In addition to the contest, Waterdown Rotary is teaming up with the Flamborough Family YMCA, and has lined up some volunteer readers (including local principals as well as the editor of the Review) to read to parents and children at the Parkside Drive facility on January 27.

The sessions will take place between 10 a.m. and noon and from 5-7 p.m. Families can book a half-hour slot by e-mailing info@rotary.net; there will be a maximum of 20 people for each half-hour period.

Collins stresses that this is the first time out for the club's Family Literacy Day events, but hopes to see them blossom in the future. "We will probably think of things to change or add for next year," she laughed.

FAMILY STORY-WRITING CONTEST RULES 2006

1. All stories must be original and be jointly written by at least one adult and one child. Stories must be a maximum of 1,000 words, but much shorter stories are also acceptable, particularly when younger children are involved.

2. Deadline for submission is 5 p.m. on Wednesday January 18, 2006.

3. Stories may be submitted by e-mail to info@waterdown-rotary.net or delivered to Busybee Books and Toys at the Waterdown Shopping Plaza.

4. The contest is open to residents of the former town of Flamborough, except for members of the Rotary Club of Waterdown and their families and families of the judges, who are not eligible to enter.

5. Stories may be handwritten or word processed double-spaced on 8.5" x 11" paper in a format which makes them easy to photocopy. The authors' names must not appear on the story itself.

6. The following information must be provided on a separate piece of paper: names and ages of authors and a contact address and phone number.

7. The winning story will be published in the Flamborough Review on Friday January 27, 2006.

8. The winning authors will receive a dinner coupon for East Side Mario's in Waterdown. The judges will also choose 2nd and 3rd place stories, and their authors will receive a family gift pack from Busybee Toys and Books.

9. Stories will be judged on their creativity, entertainment value and use of language.

Contest rules are also posted online at www.waterdown-rotary.net. Information on Rotary's Family Literacy Day events is available by calling director of community service, Garry Flood, at 905-689-5857 or by e-mailing info@waterdown-rotary.net.

Background on national Family Literacy Day is online at www.abc-canada.org.

Rotary set to turn the page on literacy

News Nov 22, 2006 Flamborough Review

You can never spend enough time listening to kids read.

And that, says Rotary Club of Waterdown past president Sue Collins, is the reason the local chapter has decided to boost Family Literacy Day on January 27.

"Literacy is also a big priority for Rotary International," added Collins, who was introduced to Family Literacy Day as the mother of a young reader.

Collins is excited about the two events planned to celebrate Family Literacy Day, not just because they are designed to promote reading, but because they create a unique opportunity for parents and children to get involved as a family.

"We had a brainstorming session last June with other groups, schools and churches and the one theme we kept hearing was that families are so busy they have no time to do anything together," she noted. "With the interest in literacy within Rotary itself, supporting Family Literacy Day dovetailed nicely."

The first event - which families can get started on during the second week of Christmas break - is a family story-writing contest. All entries must be jointly written by at least one adult and one child, and can be a maximum of 1,000 words.

Deadline for entering is 5 p.m. on January 18, and entries can be dropped off at Busybee Toys and Books at the Waterdown Shopping Centre or emailed to info@waterdown-rotary.net. Prizes have been donated by local businesses and include a dinner coupon from East Side Marios (first place), and family gift packs from Busybee Toys and Books (second and third place).

When it comes to subject matter, authors can let their imaginations run wild.

"The story can be on any subject, and they can be fiction or a personal essay," said Collins.

In addition to the contest, Waterdown Rotary is teaming up with the Flamborough Family YMCA, and has lined up some volunteer readers (including local principals as well as the editor of the Review) to read to parents and children at the Parkside Drive facility on January 27.

The sessions will take place between 10 a.m. and noon and from 5-7 p.m. Families can book a half-hour slot by e-mailing info@rotary.net; there will be a maximum of 20 people for each half-hour period.

Collins stresses that this is the first time out for the club's Family Literacy Day events, but hopes to see them blossom in the future. "We will probably think of things to change or add for next year," she laughed.

FAMILY STORY-WRITING CONTEST RULES 2006

1. All stories must be original and be jointly written by at least one adult and one child. Stories must be a maximum of 1,000 words, but much shorter stories are also acceptable, particularly when younger children are involved.

2. Deadline for submission is 5 p.m. on Wednesday January 18, 2006.

3. Stories may be submitted by e-mail to info@waterdown-rotary.net or delivered to Busybee Books and Toys at the Waterdown Shopping Plaza.

4. The contest is open to residents of the former town of Flamborough, except for members of the Rotary Club of Waterdown and their families and families of the judges, who are not eligible to enter.

5. Stories may be handwritten or word processed double-spaced on 8.5" x 11" paper in a format which makes them easy to photocopy. The authors' names must not appear on the story itself.

6. The following information must be provided on a separate piece of paper: names and ages of authors and a contact address and phone number.

7. The winning story will be published in the Flamborough Review on Friday January 27, 2006.

8. The winning authors will receive a dinner coupon for East Side Mario's in Waterdown. The judges will also choose 2nd and 3rd place stories, and their authors will receive a family gift pack from Busybee Toys and Books.

9. Stories will be judged on their creativity, entertainment value and use of language.

Contest rules are also posted online at www.waterdown-rotary.net. Information on Rotary's Family Literacy Day events is available by calling director of community service, Garry Flood, at 905-689-5857 or by e-mailing info@waterdown-rotary.net.

Background on national Family Literacy Day is online at www.abc-canada.org.

Rotary set to turn the page on literacy

News Nov 22, 2006 Flamborough Review

You can never spend enough time listening to kids read.

And that, says Rotary Club of Waterdown past president Sue Collins, is the reason the local chapter has decided to boost Family Literacy Day on January 27.

"Literacy is also a big priority for Rotary International," added Collins, who was introduced to Family Literacy Day as the mother of a young reader.

Collins is excited about the two events planned to celebrate Family Literacy Day, not just because they are designed to promote reading, but because they create a unique opportunity for parents and children to get involved as a family.

"We had a brainstorming session last June with other groups, schools and churches and the one theme we kept hearing was that families are so busy they have no time to do anything together," she noted. "With the interest in literacy within Rotary itself, supporting Family Literacy Day dovetailed nicely."

The first event - which families can get started on during the second week of Christmas break - is a family story-writing contest. All entries must be jointly written by at least one adult and one child, and can be a maximum of 1,000 words.

Deadline for entering is 5 p.m. on January 18, and entries can be dropped off at Busybee Toys and Books at the Waterdown Shopping Centre or emailed to info@waterdown-rotary.net. Prizes have been donated by local businesses and include a dinner coupon from East Side Marios (first place), and family gift packs from Busybee Toys and Books (second and third place).

When it comes to subject matter, authors can let their imaginations run wild.

"The story can be on any subject, and they can be fiction or a personal essay," said Collins.

In addition to the contest, Waterdown Rotary is teaming up with the Flamborough Family YMCA, and has lined up some volunteer readers (including local principals as well as the editor of the Review) to read to parents and children at the Parkside Drive facility on January 27.

The sessions will take place between 10 a.m. and noon and from 5-7 p.m. Families can book a half-hour slot by e-mailing info@rotary.net; there will be a maximum of 20 people for each half-hour period.

Collins stresses that this is the first time out for the club's Family Literacy Day events, but hopes to see them blossom in the future. "We will probably think of things to change or add for next year," she laughed.

FAMILY STORY-WRITING CONTEST RULES 2006

1. All stories must be original and be jointly written by at least one adult and one child. Stories must be a maximum of 1,000 words, but much shorter stories are also acceptable, particularly when younger children are involved.

2. Deadline for submission is 5 p.m. on Wednesday January 18, 2006.

3. Stories may be submitted by e-mail to info@waterdown-rotary.net or delivered to Busybee Books and Toys at the Waterdown Shopping Plaza.

4. The contest is open to residents of the former town of Flamborough, except for members of the Rotary Club of Waterdown and their families and families of the judges, who are not eligible to enter.

5. Stories may be handwritten or word processed double-spaced on 8.5" x 11" paper in a format which makes them easy to photocopy. The authors' names must not appear on the story itself.

6. The following information must be provided on a separate piece of paper: names and ages of authors and a contact address and phone number.

7. The winning story will be published in the Flamborough Review on Friday January 27, 2006.

8. The winning authors will receive a dinner coupon for East Side Mario's in Waterdown. The judges will also choose 2nd and 3rd place stories, and their authors will receive a family gift pack from Busybee Toys and Books.

9. Stories will be judged on their creativity, entertainment value and use of language.

Contest rules are also posted online at www.waterdown-rotary.net. Information on Rotary's Family Literacy Day events is available by calling director of community service, Garry Flood, at 905-689-5857 or by e-mailing info@waterdown-rotary.net.

Background on national Family Literacy Day is online at www.abc-canada.org.