All grade 6 students in Prairie Rose School Division are being presented with a free book of their choice during the last two weeks of school as a result of a cooperative venture between the school division and the local teachers’ association.
PRSD/PRTA Literacy Initiative is a program that has been jointly sponsored by Prairie Rose School Division and the Prairie Rose Teachers’ Association for the last five years. The program demonstrates the shared commitment of the division and its teachers to promoting literacy in our schools.
Phase 1 of Literacy Initiative involved grade six classrooms across the school division discussing, ranking and voting for the top reading choices with their classroom teachers. Each classroom was then invited to submit their ranked top choices. These results were compiled into a top sixty list, with each classroom allocated votes based on their class size. During phase two, grade six students across the school division were invited to choose a free book from their list of the sixty top picks.
At the end of June, school trustees and PRTA reps have been distributing the books, along with a custom designed bookmark and sticker commemorating the project. Feedback from students, teachers and communities has once again been positive as the project successfully engaged our students in literacy activities and conversations.
Literacy Initiative 2015 was coordinated by Prairie Rose School Division teachers Alvin Gross, Stephanie Prokopowich and Jesse Thomaschewski, along with grade six classroom teachers across the school division. The bookmark and sticker for this year was designed by former PRSD student Heidi Gross.