GREAT VILLAGE – Literacy will be the common bond bringing children, adults and the community together on Saturday.
The annual Family Literacy Day takes place at the Great Village Elementary School from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event, hosted by the Colchester Adult Learning Association (CALA) and the Great Village Community Association, will include storytelling, books, Brad the balloon guy, karate and yoga demonstrations, face painting, hands-on science activities, Zumba and a look at the Colchester East Hants Public Library’s new 3D printer. There will also be a free lunch and the goal is to send each child home with a book.
Charlene Lannon, a CALA instructor with the Great Village outreach program, said the special day is relevant for many reasons.
“When it comes to reading and writing, it’s not just about education. It’s for awareness. If children are read to by families, they will do better in school,” said Lannon. “But it also broadens their horizons. It teaches them when you open a book you open up a whole new world.”
Family Literacy Day, which is officially Jan. 27 this year and is celebrated nationally, also reminds people of all ages that literacy will always be a part of every-day life.
“It’s not just a one-day event, but an every-day event and it also shows there’s lots to do in the community” because of all the related activities being offered, said Lannon.
“There’s so much to offer that it is an education in itself.
I’m hoping the day will have a lasting impact,” Lannon said, adding there were about 200 people who participated in Family Literacy Day in Great Village last year.
Lannon estimated the event has taken place in Colchester County for at least 10 years and said this year’s gathering wouldn’t be possible without the help of Great Village Community Association members, including Jeff Maluske, Terry Francis and Heather MacKay.