Students given gift of books

Students in Vernon, Coldstream, Lumby and Cherryville are being encouraged to read.

Students in Vernon, Coldstream, Lumby and Cherryville are being encouraged to read.

The Vernon Teachers’ Association will provide a new story book for every child entering kindergarten this year.

“We are very pleased to partner with the Vernon Retired Teachers’ Association and Junction Literacy Centre to provide the books to families,” said Bruce Cummings, VTA president.

“The retired teachers organized the books and delivered them to the schools.”

Lynda Henney, a lead literacy resource teacher, provided the expertise in the book selection and the VTA provided the funds for the program.

“Families who read, talk, sing and play with their young children build early literacy skills that last a lifetime,” said Cummings.

“To encourage all families, the Junction Literacy Centre works with community and funding partners to provide a fun book when children are born and 18-months-old.”