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Thursday, November 1, 2012

The Gift of Reading - Help a child fall for reading

MONTREAL, Nov. 1, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - As part of the 14th edition of The Gift of Reading, the Literacy Foundation and program spokesperson, actress Marie Turgeon, invite you to buy a brand new book for a poor child in your region. Through this simple act, you contribute to preventing the reading and writing difficulties that can lead to young people dropping out of school, and then to illiteracy. Help us reach our goal of collecting 30,900 books!

"I invite the general public to share their joy of reading with young people," says Marie Turgeon. "Why not choose a book that you or your children have loved, and give it to an underprivileged young Quebecer? Use the bookmark included in the gift kit to write a personalized word of encouragement to the child who will be receiving your book. Help pre-schoolers get hooked on reading, to prepare them for school and foster their educational success."

The importance of acting early
"A Canada-wide study entitled Early Years Study 3, published by the Margaret & Wallace McCain Family Foundation, shows that early intervention is needed in children's lives so as to give them a strong start at school and throughout their lives,"1 adds Diane Mockle, CEO of the Literacy Foundation. "The study emphasizes the importance of reading daily to pre-school-age children for them to acquire the vocabulary they need to do well at school. It is in that spirit that The Gift of Reading is joining this year the Lucie and André Chagnon Foundation's early childhood program, Naître et grandir, to remind the public of the importance of giving books to infants and toddlers aged 0-4."