MP Neil Ellis Announces the “Bay of Quinte Canada 150 Literacy Challenge”
Quinte West, ON – Neil Ellis, Member of Parliament for Bay of Quinte, invites all local students from Junior Kindergarten through 8th grade to participate in the “Bay of Quinte Canada 150 Literacy Challenge”.
Students are challenged to read 150 pieces of literature on Canadian heritage and culture. This may include; books, short stories, and media or magazine articles (online or hard copy). The criteria is that children must read the material, or have it read to them. In order to be eligible material is required to be written by a Canadian author, OR otherwise emphasize Canadian heritage and culture. Participants are asked to record the title of publications read on the supplied form. Forms can be found online on our website at: http://nellis.liberal.ca/, requested by email at: Neil.Ellis@parl.gc.ca, or at participating schools and public libraries.
All students who complete the challenge will receive a special edition commemorative Canada 150 certificate and letter hand signed by MP Ellis. Completed reading lists can be submitted to our office by any of the following methods:
• By mail or in-person: 100 Station St., Belleville ON, K8N 2S5
• E-Mail: Neil.Ellis@parl.gc.ca
• Fax: 613-969-3313
“What better way to inspire and foster a personal connection between children and our proud Canadian heritage and culture than by helping commemorate our nation’s 150th birthday by encouraging literacy and instilling a love for reading” said Ellis.
“The Canada 150 Reading Challenge is such a great way to encourage school age children to explore all the great Canadian writing out there! I love the way that it is not restricted to books but can be anything from a Dennis Lee poem to a chapter on Canadian history to an article in Chickadee. What better way to build up to the anniversary next year than by getting children to explore the country through its multitude of talented writers! At the Quinte West Public Library we will be doing everything we can to support this endeavor by guiding local children toward the wonderful resources available here.” said Quinte West Children’s Librarian, Suzanne Humpreys.
For more information or media-related questions, please contact Matt Richardson at 613-969-3300 or email Neil.Ellis@parl.gc.ca.