President Deborah Saucier reads to attendees at the 2018 Family Literacy Carnival. The event takes place at MacEwan again this year on January 27.

Family Literacy Carnival to take place at MacEwan

January 25, 2019 | Health
This Sunday, MacEwan University is welcoming a group of learners that are a little younger than the university’s typical student – but just as excited about learning.

They will be on campus for the seventh annual Family Literacy Carnival, organized and hosted by student members of MacEwan’s Golden Key chapter and the Centre for Family Literacy to celebrate Family Literacy Day. The drop-in event includes interactive stations and activities that encourage young children and their families to explore the joys of reading, while learning about topics such as math, science, technology, music and Indigenous culture. Families who visit four stations get to take home a free book.

The event was designed with children of different age groups – and their parents – in mind. “There are two activities at each station, one for readers and one for pre-readers,” says Justine Dogbe, Volunteer Engagement and Outreach Coordinator. “The activities are intended for parents and guardians to do along with their children, and all families with children are welcome to attend.”

Nancy Thomas, assistant professor in the Early Learning and Child Care program, believes the event sends a powerful – and welcoming – message about MacEwan’s role in the community. “This is a place where families can come, a place where learning and literacy experiences of all people, of all ages, are celebrated,” she says.

“Being an engaged university means inviting everyone in, not only scholars, learners, artists and musicians, but also children.”

The Family Literacy Carnival takes place on Sunday, January 27 in the Robbins Health Learning Centre. For more information, visit the event page.

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