Families who are new to Canada are invited to the PALS program

Families who are new to Canada are invited to the PALS program

PALS welcomes immigrant families

For newcomers to Canada, Parents and Literacy Supporters is a free program that helps parents get their youngsters ready for school

Families with  young children who are new to Canada are invited to check out the PALS program.

Parents as Literacy Supporters is a free program of the Vernon School District with funding through Decoda Literay Solutions.

PALS is designed to improve children’s performance in reading, writing and math at school and to build the connection between home and school. The people who started this project believe children do better when their parents are involved in their education.

Through a series of monthly morning programs, parents with children aged three to five years old are given guidance on getting their little ones ready for kindergarten.

“Have fun and learn about getting your child ready for school in Canada,” said Kathy Wylie, who facilitates the program along with Chris McMorran.

Grandparents and younger children are also welcome to attend the program, which begins Nov. 6 and runs Tuesdays from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., with breakfast included, at Mission Hill elementary school, 1510-36th St., Vernon.

“The sessions focus on topics such as storybook reading, print in our community, ABCs, early math, learning to read and write,” said Wylie. “At each session, the participant families receive a book to read, crafts and other toys such as puppets and games.”

To register, please call 250-545-0639.