Mayor Sylvia Pranger declared September as Literacy Month. This tradition caps off Storytime in the Park for the summer each year. (Photo/District of Kent)

Mayor Sylvia Pranger declared September as Literacy Month. This tradition caps off Storytime in the Park for the summer each year. (Photo/District of Kent)

Storytime in the Park closes book on successful year

Approximately 70 families and 150 children registered for stories this summer

Storytime in the Park recently wrapped up a successful year of drive-thru stories and crafts, capping off the celebration of the written word with a drive-by teddy bear parade.

During their final day, storytime volunteers and Chilliwack-Kent MLA Kelli Paddon handed out stories to eager families, who showed off their fuzzy stuffed companions and costumes. This year, Storytime in the Park hosted about 150 children every week, according to Agassiz-Harrison Community Services literacy coordinator Leonne Beebe.

In addition to a formal proclamation from District of Kent mayor Sylvia Pranger that September is Literacy Month, Paddon presented her own letter of support.

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“Literacy is instrumental to making sure that people can gain the skills they need to build confidence, access basic learning services such as health care and health-related information, understand their rights, manage their finances, apply for jobs and pursue opportunities, including higher education,” reads an excerpt from the letter. “I am thrilled that the province understands the importance of investing in literacy programs for our communities.”

AHCS supports people seeking to improve their English communication skills through the Community Access to Literacy and Learning (CALL) program. Seabird College and Fraser-Cascade School District 78 have adult literacy and upgrading programs available, which lead to the adult graduation certificate. The Fraser Valley Regional Library hosts its own literacy programs as well.


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