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The Society of Energy Professionals Continues Support of Youth Literacy

A big ‘thank you’ to the Society of Energy Professionals for their recent generous donation in support of Youth Literacy!

The Society of Energy Professionals has been an ongoing supporter as we help kids read, and as we try to reach more families and more volunteers, their support is invaluable.

Youth Literacy Treasurer Harvey McFadden and Shirley Hayes from The Society of Energy Professionals

Youth Literacy Receives Big Boost from Bruce Power, Excellence in Literacy

HANOVER, Ontario (May 30, 2017) – Youth Literacy got a couple of most-welcome shots in the arm this spring, with a major donation from Bruce Power’s Community Investment & Sponsorship and another from the Society of Energy Professionals.

These community-minded organizations have been ongoing supporters of Youth Literacy and their employees have also served as volunteer tutors in the past. The funds will go to volunteer recruitment, public information and awareness events and reaching the families who need these services the most.

Youth Literacy’s own fundraising efforts augment these generous donations. The Rabble Play Scrabble event pits word enthusiasts in the popular board game at Durham’s Garafraxa Café on Sunday, June 11 from 2 – 5 pm. In July, trivia teams match wits at Country Corner’s Trivia Night on Wednesday, July 19th, starting at 7:30 pm. Entries are $10 (trivia), $20 (scrabble), with prizes and glory for all.

Since 1989, Youth Literacy has matched screened, trained tutors for one-on-one sessions with students 6-18 who are struggling with literacy skills – reading, writing and math – and those match-ups continue again this year. There’s also a resource centre, which offers books, games, puzzles and learning aids free of charge to anyone in the South Grey Bruce area (with users from as far north as Owen Sound).

Youth Literacy’s writing competition this year shifts to non-fiction, with an interview/essay competition on the theme “My Childhood Home” for students in Grades 7 – 12. Entrants will interview an older member of the community and capture that information in 500 – 1000 words (depending on grade category). Deadlines for all competitions is January. Cash and prizes will be awarded in both junior and senior categories.

All to reach the many children and youth in the area who are struggling with literacy skills or who want a chance to demonstrate the benefits.

Interested in volunteering? Call SGB Youth Literacy 519-364-0008 or email info@sgbyouthliteracy.org for more information.

Contact:
Kimm Culkin
info@sgbyouthliteracy.org
519-364-0008

Youth Literacy Receives Year- End Boost from CMR, Gore Mutual

Mark Young of Gore Mutual , Harvey McFadden , Ryan Craig of CMR
Mark Young of Gore Mutual , Harvey McFadden , Ryan Craig of CMR

Goodwill towards youth struggling with literacy just got a great big boost from Hanover’s CMR and Gore Mutual Insurance. These organizations partnered to contribute $2500 to the South Grey Bruce Youth Literacy Council.

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Local individuals are also contributing to Youth Literacy’s “150 for 150” campaign for 2017, in which supporters are asked to contribute $12.50 a month or a one-time donation of $150, to mark Canada’s sesquicentennial.

The contributions help Youth Literacy continue the services it has offered since 1989, matching matched screened, trained tutors for one-on-one sessions with students 6-18 who are struggling with literacy skills – reading, writing and math – as well as a learning resource centre, drama workshops and special events for students and adult allies. In January, Youth Literacy staff and volunteers will help secondary students study and prepare for final projects and exams through a partnership with Hanover’s Launchpad.

email info@sgbyouthliteracy.org for more information.

The Spelling Bee is ON!

Current reports show visibility is good but roads are slushy in some areas- so the Spelling Bee is on for tonight!

In brief:

Frankie’s Restaurant & Pub at 365 10th Street in Hanover, on Thursday, February 25, 2016.

The BEE begins at 6:30 – if you want dinner, please plan on arriving earlier. Spectators welcome!

Or get more details.

A big thanks to a great group of supporters!! These sponsors each gave a team (or two!) a leg up for the spelling competition…

Bumblebee Sponsors
Elizabeth Hahn
Germania Mutual Insurance
Hatten Home Hardware Building Centre, Chesley
Wayne Schwartz Construction Ltd. (Miller Group)

Generous Donation from the Society of Energy Professionals

SGB YOUTH LITERACY COUNCIL RECEIVES BOOST FROM SOCIETY OF ENERGY PROFESSIONALS

The South Grey Bruce Youth Literacy Council received most welcome support in the form of a $5000 donation from the Society of Energy Professionals Community Foundation Fund, presented by Janice Porter to Board members Harvey McFadden and Ed Hotchkiss at the Youth Literacy offices last week.SEP_Logo-Converted

“It’s hard to convey just how important this kind of support is,” Youth Literacy co-ordinator Kimm Culkin said after the presentation. “We receive no ongoing government funding and the need in our community for support to families as children and youth struggle with literacy skills is immense.” She pointed out that literacy skills are often a multi-generational problem, and it may need a community effort when a student starts to feel that he or she doesn’t have the skills needed to meet Ontario’s challenging curriculum. “Parents often run up against conflict when they try to help,” noted Kimm. “Caring, patient volunteer tutors often make the big difference.”

The Society of Energy Professionals has demonstrated support for youth literacy in the past, and their donation means the office can operate, volunteers can be recruited, screened and trained, applications can be received and processed, matches can be made, and alternative programs and resources can be developed or strengthened, to ensure that all learners, no matter how they learn best, can get the help they need in south Grey Bruce.

Kimm Culkin
Co-ordinator
SGB Youth Literacy Council
info@sgbyouthliteracy.org