The students and staff at St. Joseph’s Elementary in Harbor Breton took visiting parents and invited guests on a trip to several countries on Friday, January 27.
The journey was held to mark the annual Canadian Family Literacy Day, a national awareness initiative created by ABC Life Literacy Canada. The special day is held each year on January 27 to raise awareness of the importance of reading and engaging in other literacy-related activities as a family.
In keeping with the family aspect of the day the students invited their parents/guardians to the school to view the research they had done on number of countries around the world.
Terry Baker, the principal at St. Joseph’s said, “We wanted to promote literacy not only of reading and writing but the literacy of research, technology and culture as well.
“This project tied in with the theme of this year’s Family Literacy Day which is ‘Passport to Learning’. Every class took on a different country, the students did the research, put together the slide shows and did a great job in presenting their research to their parents and visitors.”
St. Joseph’s Literacy Team of Cheryl Stone, Tanya Hunt and Kayla Noonan played a big part in organizing the event with the students.
Ms. Stone said, “In keeping with this year’s theme, we decided to create an experience where students could use their passports and travel to different countries.
“Each class researched a country and developed a slide show to show to the rest of the grades and the parents. Not only did they learn about the country they researched, they also had the opportunity to experience life in five other countries.
“It was an event that showed the student how to do some good research and to provide quality family literacy time as parents had the opportunity to travel with the students on the learning journey.”
Ms. Hunt said, “In keeping with the ‘Passport to Learning’ theme, we wanted to give students an opportunity to visits other parts of the world to learn about the different customs, traditions, foods and languages in other places.
“Hopefully, this activity will promote more literacy activities between the students and their parents and that it will develop an interest in travel for these students when they get older.”
Ms. Noon said, “Hopefully, the parents here today, and the students, will realize that literacy is not just about sitting down with a book as there are many forms of literacy. I think the students and parents will realize, from this activity, they can learn about different countries and other topics of interest at home as well as in a school setting.”
The students and parents visited Canada, Chile, Italy, Holland, France and Japan during the fun day of learning at the school.