Minister Bond Reads-DEAR


Thanks to Minister Bond…DEAR.



For Immediate Release


Oct. 27, 2008


Ministry of Education


PRINCE GEORGE – Education Minister Shirley Bond celebrated National

School Library Day Oct. 27 by taking part in the Drop Everything and

Read challenge, issued by the B.C. Teacher-Librarians’ Association.


“Our family loves to read and has always made it a priority. I am happy

to ‘drop everything and read’ to celebrate national school library

day,” said Bond. “I have also invited my colleagues around the province

to do the same thing.”

B.C.’s teacher-librarians challenged everyone in the province to Drop

Everything and Read for 20 minutes at 11 a.m. today. The event began

last year in Surrey but this year the B.C. Teacher-Librarians’

Association took it provincewide and they hope that it will grow to

become a national event.


“It’s about encouraging young people to read and value literacy,” said

Karen Lindsay, vice-president of the B.C. Teacher-Librarians’

Association. “Studies clearly show that daily silent reading improves

vocabulary, spelling, comprehension and much more.”


“It is also important to say thank you to teacher-librarians and other

educators who work so hard to ensure our students develop a love of

reading and excellent literacy skills,” said Bond.


Since 2001, government has invested more than $145 million in new

literacy initiatives, including pre-literacy and early learning

programs, such as $12 million to operate the kindergarten readiness

program Ready, Set, Learn and $2.7 million for the ActNow Literacy

Education Activity and Play (LEAP BC) program that encourages literacy,

physical activity and healthy eating in preschool-aged children.


Media contact:

Public Affairs Bureau

Ministry of Education

250 356-5963

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