Peerless Lake, Trout Lake, Loon River, Atikameg, Gift Lake, Grouard, High Prairie
The C.O.W. bus visited the community of Peerless Lake on December 4, 2007. Despite cold weather and very heavy snowfall the night before, our programming was well attended. Families visited the bus from the Head Start program and students and teachers from the local school and other community members. The Legacy Library was presented to the Head Start program where it will be housed and where it will be used for programs as well as for use by the general public.
The C.O.W. bus then traveled to the community of Trout Lake. Our visit was planned to coincide with the weekly visit by a doctor from Slave Lake, who flies in to serve the community, but his trip was cancelled due to poor weather. Instead, the bus set-up programming at the local school where we were able to work with teachers and students. A Legacy Library was presented to the local Head Start where it will be used to complement their programs and will also be made available to the general public.
The next day the C.O.W. bus visited the Northern Lakes College campus at Loon Lake. We spoke with the students, many of whom are parents. The kindergarten class from the local school also visited the bus and we were able to speak to their teacher and the teaching assistant about literacy ideas and activities.
In the afternoon we visited the community of Atikameg where we set-up programming at the Northern Lakes College campus. The Legacy Library was presented to the president of the Students’ Union. All the instructors and students were present and many of them took part in the proceedings and commented on their own literacy, literacy in their community and literacy as a tool for empowerment, better education and job prospects and as a tool for political participation and engagement with social issues. This was an amazing visit. On the bus we hosted groups of students who were enthusiastic participants and eager to learn about literacy activities.
It was then on to Gift Lake and the Northern Lakes College campus in that community. Two classes of students from the college attended the programming on the bus. They were very enthusiastic about the literacy ideas and activities on the bus. We also briefly visited the Head Start at Gift Lake and were able to meet some local families. The Legacy Library will be housed at the Northern Lakes College but will be made available to the entire community. The students will also use the books as part of their “Book Project” which seeks to establish a library of good quality children’s books in a number of different northern communities.
In the afternoon the bus traveled to the community of Grouard where we set-up our programming at the Northern Lakes College campus. Many staff and students attended the Legacy Library presentation. The books will be housed at the Grouard campus and will become part of their “Book Project”. After the presentation, we met many groups of parents on the bus and were able to share literacy ideas and experiences.
The final day of our trip was spent in the town of High Prairie where we presented the Legacy Library to the High Prairie Public Library. We had an opportunity to meet with families and with representatives of literacy organizations in this community. It was a great way to end a very memorable trip.
What parents and participants have said about the program
“Lots of good learning tools.”
“Great ideas for home and travel.”
Head Start Staff
"Very friendly . You're the best for the children.”