May 24, 2016

Students from across Peel will join Canadian authors to celebrate literacy

More than 4,400 students and their favourite Canadian authors will fill Brampton's Powerade Centre on May 26 to celebrate literacy at this year's Forest of Reading Celebration.  Students across Ontario who participate in the Forest of Reading Program are encouraged by teacher-librarians to read books by Canadian authors from different categories and vote for their favourites.

"The Forest of Reading Celebration is the culmination of a year-long focus on reading Canadian literature," says Jeanne Conte, instructional coordinator (library) for the Peel District School Board. "The students bring an incredible amount of enthusiasm to meet the authors and join them in a celebration of literacy."

Students will learn the results of their votes as the winners of the following programs are announced: Silver Birch Express, Silver Birch Fiction, Silver Birch Non-Fiction and Red Maple Fiction. The event  will also feature a number of renowned Canadian authors including:

  • Caroline Fernandez
  • Wesley King
  • Jennifer Mook-Sang
  • Liam O'Donnell
  • Lorna Schultz Nicolson
  • Joel Sutherland
  • Eric Walters

​The celebration will be hosted by Derek Forgie, talent coordinator for Much MTV Group and a Toronto-based standup, sketch comedian and activist. The event will also feature student performances from The Valleys Senior Public School and Kingswood Drive Public School. Other special performances include Groove EDGEucation, a group of teachers and motivators who use dance and movement as a tool for learning, as well as Tribal Vision Dance, a First Nations dance group based on the Six Nations of the Grand River Reserve.

Forest of Reading is an annual program run by the Ontario Library Association (OLA), with a focus on connecting students with great books by Canadian authors and getting them involved in their school library. The OLA requires that students read at least 5 books from the category they wish to vote in.

The Peel board would like to recognize that this event could not be possible without the generosity of the following sponsors:

  • EduCan Media
  • Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment
  • McCarney & Associates
  • Saunders Book Company
  • The Beguiling
  • Tinlids
  • Whitehots

The event is from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on May 26 at the Powerade Centre, located at 7575 Kennedy Rd. S. in Brampton. ​

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Media contact: Jeanne Conte, Library Co-ordinator, jeanne.conte@peelsb.com 905-890-1010  ext. 2602

Reference: Matthew Anderson, Communications Assistant, matthew.anderson@peelsb.com 905-890-1010 ext. 3567

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