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Interior Savings Unplug and Play Family Literacy Week

Interior Savings Unplug and Play Family Literacy Week

January 20, 2020 at 2:07 pm  Kamloops, Municipal, News

This year’s Interior Savings Unplug and Play Family Literacy Week takes place January 25–February 1, in support of Family Literacy Day on January 27. Activities will take place in Kamloops, Barriere, Clearwater, and Chase, thanks to sponsorship from Interior Savings.

Family literacy is rooted in the belief that parents are their children’s first teacher. Research clearly shows that children who grow up in homes that promote family literacy are better readers and do better in school. Family literacy is defined as activities at home that help build literacy skills for young children while improving literacy skill development in all members of the family. Interior Savings Unplug and Play Family Literacy Week encourages families to play and learn together at home and out in the community.

Thanks to Literacy in Kamloops’ community partners, free activities for families are offered throughout the week at City of Kamloops facilities, the Kamloops YMCA-YWCA, the Boys & Girls Club of Kamloops, the Thompson-Nicola Regional District Libraries, and other participating organizations. This year, these free activities include a scavenger hunt, a nature walk in Riverside Park, swimming, skating, karate, art, belly dancing, yoga, and a magic show with Leif David.

The goal of Interior Savings Unplug and Play Family Literacy Week is to raise awareness about the importance of family literacy and the importance of finding a healthy balance between screen time and other beneficial activities needed for healthy living.

“Digital devices have become so much part of the way we work, play, socialize, and communicate. For most of us, some screen time is essential. But the debate continues as to how much is good for you or bad for you. It’s all about balance. Some screen time is fine, as long as you find time for physical activity, reading, creative play, and social time in real time with family and friends and, of course, get enough sleep. Unplug and Play Week gives families an opportunity to do some of these things,” said Fiona Clare, Chair of the event’s organizing committee.

More than 7,000 students will try to reduce their recreational screen time by taking the Interior Savings Unplug and Play School Challenge. Youth and adults are encouraged to try a “digital detox” too.

As title sponsor, Interior Savings Credit Union encourages everyone to check out the full slate of activities planned for the week.

“With over 40 community events, there will be many opportunities to put down our devices and get active,” said Kathy Conway, CEO of Interior Savings. “With a balanced approach, we can shift our behaviours and those of our children to spend more time unplugged and participating in fun activities that help us connect to each other and to our community. Ultimately, the goal of Interior Savings Unplug and Play Family Literacy Week is to empower families with knowledge and resources that will give children a strong foundation to support them through their lives.”

The week starts off with ABC Family Literacy Day, hosted by the Kamloops Early Language and Literacy Initiative (KELLI) at the Henry Grube Education Centre on Saturday, January 25, from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm. This year, families will enjoy “Buggin’ Out” themed free activities, fun, and stories. Each child who attends ABC Family Literacy Day will receive a new-to-them book from last year’s Heap the Honda Children’s Book Drive. This year’s Heap the Honda Book Drive has been postponed until April.

For a full schedule of events, please check out LiteracyInKamloops.ca or pick up a schedule of events at any Interior Savings Credit Union branch in Kamloops.


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