Literacy Plan has ambitious but achievable goals

The Community-District Literacy Plan has a series of ambitious but achievable goals for the 2009-2010 school year, Superintendent Anne Cooper and Family Literacy Coordinator Tracy Spannier told trustees last week.

Besides sustaining the progress made so far, the plan envisions, among other things, ensuring that 90 per cent of students are reading at their grade levels, that Revelstoke fashions a culture that values learning and improving literacy outreach services. The plan wants to identify youth learning opportunities and “explore options for youths not attached to the school system,” the plan says.

Spannier said literacy proponents will continue to seek feedback from community organizations and individuals.

“Our next step is to continue working with the document and we’ll be working on implementation of a Youth Connections Strategy,” she said.

Cooper said the progress made today regarding literacy is a testament to the cooperation of a wide range of service providers and sponsors, including BC Hydro, the Columbia Basin Trust, Community Connections, Community Futures, the City, the Loyal order of the Moose, the Knights of Pythias, the Ministry of Children and Family Development, the Community Foundation, Rotary, Okanagan College, the Child Care Society, the Credit Union, the Social Development Committee, the Seniors’ Association, SD 19 and the United Way