The program Reading as a gift of the Literacy Foundation is celebrating its 15e anniversary. The main activity, in November and December, consists in the purchase of new children's books intended for disadvantaged children in his region.
This concept calls for the responsibility of adults in the discovery of books and reading in children, from an early age. By endorsing this cause, they help transmit the magic of reading to children living in families where the connection to books is often non-existent. The Foundation is betting that a child introduced to the pleasure of reading early will later become an enthusiastic reader!
Book donations can be made in November and December at any of the 145 bookstores and 100 libraries participants across Quebec. You can ask for the donation kit Reading as a gift and use the bookmark included in it to write a personalized word of encouragement to the child who will receive the book.
For full details, see lalectureencadeau.org.
You can also download and display the poster in your community.
The testimony of a teacher
“I have a student who has great difficulty reading. Despite the fact that she is finishing her second year, her reading level is that of a first year student. She received a funny mini-novel from Reading as a gift. I thought then that she would not be able to read it. She came to see me the next day with shining little eyes, to share with me her joy at having read the first two pages alone. After that, she would come to see me every day to share the story or to ask me for help with a word. She managed to read her entire book, which I didn't think was possible for her. Having a book that belongs to her motivated her a lot to persevere in reading it! Thank you for this moving moment! »JL, teacher at the school Louis-Joseph-Martel.
Did you know that… A program born out of the 1998 ice storm
Reading as a gift was born during the famous ice storm of 1998. Seeking a way to allow the public to make an annual gesture to reach the target audience of the Foundation, Sophie Labrecque, then President and CEO, had the original idea of the program , in collaboration with teacher friends. So far, more than 323,000 children and their families have benefited from the program.
Source: press release from the organization