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Alberta Prairie C.O.W. (Classroom On Wheels) Bus

The Alberta Prairie C.O.W. bus brings family literacy support and awareness to rural and urban communities throughout the province.

Alberta Prairie C.O.W. Bus is funded by Government of Alberta, Advanced Education.

The Program:

  • The C.O.W. bus is a friendly space for parents and younger children, zero to six years, to learn and explore fun new ways to add literacy activities into their daily lives.
  • At the invitation of local literacy groups, the C.O.W. bus tours rural and urban communities across Alberta participating in locally planned events. A visit from the C.O.W. Bus is an exciting way to promote family literacy.
  • Trained family literacy facilitators provide information on the importance of early language development and leave behind a small library of quality children’s books with each community.

Family Literacy Workshops

  • Short day trips with the C.O.W. Bus.
  • For parents and practitioners.
  • The C.O.W. bus is open for visits before or after the workshop.

The Benefits:

For Families

  • Works with parents to help them read with their babies and preschoolers.
  • Presents parents with new ideas for family literacy activities to use at home.
  • Promotes oral language development - the foundation for literacy.
  • Raises awareness of parents as their child’s first and best teachers.

For Literacy Organizations

  • Promotes local programs and raises community awareness of the literacy programs being offered both locally and provincially.
  • Strengthens partnerships among local agencies.
  • Attracts the attention of local dignitaries, potential support agencies and decision-make.

For Communities

  • Increases the amount of children’s reading material available to local families.
  • The ultimate goal: a more literate society.

Alberta Prairie C.O.W. Bus Schedule

2016

Pincher Creek & area - February 9-12

Siksika - February 24-26

Sundre - March 1-2

Swan Hills - March 17

Hanna & area - March 21-24

Louis Bull - April 5-6

Innisfail - April 8

Provost & area - April 11-13

Evansburg, Wildwood, MacKay - April 19-21 (Workshops)

Consort - April 25-26

Millet - May 10

Thorsby - May 11

Warburg - May 12

Drayton Valley - May 16

Leduc - May 17

St. Albert - May 18

Wainwright & area - May 24-27

Thorhild - May 31

Pigeon Lake - June 1

High Prairie & area - June 6-10

Camrose - June 14

Fort Saskatchewan - June 15

Lacombe - June 17

High Level & area - June 20-24

Stony Plain - July 4

Fox Creek - July 5

Hay Lakes - July 6

Maskwacis - July 13

New Sarepta - July 20

Newbrook - August 11

Darwell - August 23

Andrew - August 24

Redwater - August 25

Mayerthorpe - September 1

Valleyview - September 9

Beaver County - September 13-14

Bentley - September 21

Bashaw - September 22

Flagstaff County - September 28-29

Rocky Mountain House & area - October 3-7

Neerlandia - October 11

Niton Junction - October 12

Warner & area - October 17-21

Grande Prairie CALP communities - October 31-November 4

Carbon & Morrin - November 15-16

2015

Little Red River & area - January 19-22

Maskwacis - January 27

Wetaskiwin - January 28

Buffalo Lake - February 4

Kainai - February 26

Piikani - March 11

Westlock - March 13

Camrose - March 16-17

Stoney Nation - March 31-April 2

Gibbons - April 7

Vulcan & area - April 13-17

Successful Kids & Families - April 21-23 (Workshop)

Rich Valley - April 29

Duchess & area - May 4-8

Provost & area - May 11-15

Rockyview Community Learning - May 25-29

Hinton - June 2-3

Consort & Veteran - June 10-11

Kneehill Adult Learning - June 15-19

Cardston & area - June 23-26

Radway - July 9

Lacombe - July 14 (Workshop)

Maskwacis - July 15

Innisfree - July 17

Ponoka - July 21

Westlock - July 23 (Workshop) &

Long Island Lake Park - July 23

Fort Saskatchewan - July 29

Sylvan Lake & Eckville - August 11 (Workshop)

Devon - August 20

Beaumont - August 25 & 26

Redwater - August 27

Mayerthorpe - September 3

Smoky Lake & area - September 8 & 9

Bon Accord - September 16

Bashaw - September 17

Coronation & area - September 21-25

40 Mile County - September 28 - October 2

Flagstaff County - October 7-8

Kitscoty - October 13-15

Peers & Edson - October 21-23

Carstairs - October 27

Wabamun - October 28

Ashmont - November 5

Eaglesham & area - November 17-19

Click here to view the Alberta Prairie C.O.W Bus Schedule and Photo Archive

For more information on this program, please call 780-421-7323 or e-mail info@famlit.ca

11642 142 St NW  Edmonton AB  T5M 1V4
Phone
780.421.7323 | Fax 780.421.7324
famlit.ca
info@famlit.ca