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Youth Literacy Offers Drama Workshops, Tutoring and Help for Families

SGBYLC_Logo_250x250HANOVER, Ontario (August 22, 2016) – Youth Literacy’s gearing up for a new year of support for area children and youth.

Performance artist Jenny Parsons will again serve as field co-ordinator for the drama workshop program called Literacy on its Feet – Drama, originally funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation. Jenny, whose background includes strong ties with Toronto’s Second City and an impressive history in local performing and visual arts, works with youth literacy staff and both adult and teen volunteers to deliver the eight-session series for children and youth. Classes begin September 19th at JEST Arts Studio, 148-1 Garafraxa St in Durham. Pre-registration required through the Youth Literacy office in Hanover or online at

But that’s not 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). The Head, Heart & Hands conference, featuring experts in education, child development and the arts, is part of Youth Literacy’s special events programming, and has been moved to October 15th to accommodate the many requests of those who had conflicting summer plans.

Youth Literacy’s writing competition this year is open to Grades 4 to 6 in both English and French. The theme is “Silence”, which is also the theme for the bookmark competition, with both junior and senior categories. New this year is a non-fiction essay competition for juniors (Grades 7-8) and seniors (Grades 9-12) on the theme of “My Childhood Home”, which requires students to interview an older member of the community and capture that information in 500 – 1000 words (depending on grade category). Deadlines for all competitions is October 28th. Cash and book prizes will be awarded in each category.

The winners of the competitions will be announced at the Words Aloud Family Program, on Saturday November 12 at the Royal Jubilee Hall in Walkerton. The production is The Silent B and will feature participants and leaders of Youth Literacy’s drama program – so, full circle…

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 of literacy.

Interested in attending or volunteering? Call SGB Youth Literacy 519-364-0008 or email for more information.

Kimm Culkin

Head, Heart & Hands Workshop ***Postponed***


We regret to announce that due to unforeseen circumstances, the Head, Heart & Hands Workshop is being POSTPONED INDEFINITELY.

A day of workshops, presentations and panel discussions for parents, teachers, mentors, coaches and other adult allies to help a child (or children) you care about have a joyful and successful year ahead.


topics, presenters subject to change

Opening Remarks:
Rockets from a Box: Learning Through Play, Pierre Harrison, PLAYLearnThink
Session A (10 – 10:45): choose from…
Shaping the Mind for Learning: Using the Creative Impulse Lise Gunby, Edge Hill School
Tutor Talk: hints panel – Youth Literacy tutors
The Importance of Play Pierre Harrison, PLAYLearnThink
Session B (11 – 11:45): choose from…
Invincible Mama:
Helping Children Who Learn Differently
Susan Schenk, OT/author/advocate
Arts at Home: wet-on-wet painting Jennifer Clark, artist
20 Tips to Support a Child’s Reading Kimm Culkin, Youth Literacy
Lunch Remarks:
Organizing for School, Roberta Hirst, Arete Academics
Session C (1:30 – 2:15): choose from…
You Are Your Child’s Champion Roberta Hirst, advocate
Rhythm of Learning: Drumming Tanya Coulter, educator
Drama Techniques to Build Literacy Jenny Parsons, performance artist

Download Schedule as a PDF

Saturday, 15th October 2016 from 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM

JEST Arts – 148-1 Garafraxa Street North, Durham, ON N0G 1R0

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)

Spelling Bee Sponsorships for Early Bees

Just two weeks to the 3rd Annual Great Grey-Bruce Grown-up Spelling Bee. Adults teams of 3-4 put their heads together to spell wonderful words – and raise funds for Youth Literacy – in a night of fun and friendly (?) competition!

And this year, the early bees can get the worm… so to speak. There are several sponsorships from local businesses like Wayne Schwartz Construction Ltd. and Hatten Building Centre (thanks, all!) that are available to teams who register early!

Get your entry in to or 467 10th St, Ste 303, Hanover, for a chance to get a sponsorship, which includes a Buzz-off or Re-Buzz for your team! Unsponsored teams shell out $25 or even $50 for these little buzzers!


The 3rd annual Great Grey-Bruce Grown-up Spelling Bee for Adult Teams is back!

This is your chance to earn bragging rights and raise funds for the South Grey Bruce Youth Literacy Council and its programs to help kids struggling with reading, writing and math skills. You don’t have to be a stellar speller – it’s a team effort, and all teams need quarterbacks, too!

In years past up to 14 teams duked it out – Last year, Hanover’s Library Word-Nerds took best costume and the top prize, too! Apis spellifera got best name.  The prize for Most Room for Improvement went to the Condo Girls.  Bee-witched earned a prize for Most Pledges. The Library Word-Nerds ultimately took top spelling honours – who will take top prize this year? 

This is a wonderful evening out for those in service and social clubs; we’ve had almost one-third of our contestants from organizations like yours.

Scroll down for a team entry form, the rules, sponsorship form, and a poster for distribution.  Here are 8 ways to help:

  1. Gather/be on a team
  2. Sponsor a team
  3. Hang a poster
  4. Talk up the BEE
  5. Contribute a prize (well, 4 prizes – one for each member of the team)
  6. Come and join in the fun, whether you’re a participant, sponsor, donor or spectator!
  7. Be ready to vote (costume, name), Audience Choice (spirit), and to buy Rebuzzes, Buzz-offs and Stingers on behalf of your favourite team to help keep them in the contest.
  8. Stick around to the very end and cheer on the finalists!

This year we are at 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.

Remember – the team entry fee is $25 per team members, but there will also be chances to support youth literacy through buying your way back in, throwing out a word and passing a real stinker onto another team.  Also, you and your supporters can vote as often as you want to for best name and best costume!

Looking forward to seeing you at the BEE!

Kimm Culkin
SGB Youth Literacy Council

The Forms

Sponsor registration form 2016

Team entry form 2016

Spelling Bee Rules

The Poster