Beaches-East York MP hosts Canada 150 literacy challenge

Community May 16, 2017 by Joanna Lavoie Beach Mirror

Beaches-East York MP Nathaniel Erskine-Smith is getting kids reading for Canada’s 150th anniversary.

The local MP has recently launched the Canada 150 literacy challenge in his riding.

Bay of Quinte MP Neil Ellis is the creator of the non-partisan, parliamentarian-led initiative.

“I think it’s one of the most positive ways to celebrate Canada’s sesquicentennial,” Erskine-Smith said during a recent interview.

For the challenge, classes are invited to read 150 books, short stories, articles, and even poems either about Canada’s culture or heritage or written by Canadians.

Participating groups have until the end of May to submit their log by mail/in-person at Erskine-Smith’s local office at 1902 Danforth Ave., via email at nathaniel.erskine-smith@parl.gc.ca, or by fax at 416-467-0905.

A draw will then be done and the winning class will get a free bus trip to Ottawa where students and their teachers/supervisors will have the opportunity to go on a guided tour of Parliament Hill.

During a recent interview, Erskine-Smith said the initiative has been well received in Beaches-East York. 

“The kids have been so excited,” he said during a recent interview.

“I really do think the best way we can celebrate Canada 150 is to be reading stories about Canada and stories by Canadians.”

Recently, Erskine-Smith visited a Grade 5/6 class at St. Brigid Catholic School near Woodbine and Danforth avenues. Students at the East York elementary school were the first in the riding to complete the challenge.

Canadian author Elizabeth MacLeod joined Erskine-Smith for the lunch reception during which he read an excerpt from a speech by former prime minister Pierre Elliot Trudeau when the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms was adopted in 1982. MacLeod also read from her book Canada Year by Year.

The local MP, who said he plans to visit every class that completes the challenge, also distributed pins, flags, and special edition commemorative Canada 150 certificates to the students.

Erskine-Smith grew up surrounded by books and reading.

His mother is a librarian at Bowmore Road Junior and Senior Public School, while his father was the head of the English department at Malvern Collegiate Institute.

Visit http://beynate.ca/ for more details.

Beaches-East York MP hosts Canada 150 literacy challenge

East Toronto students invited to read 150 pieces of literature by Canadians or about Canada

Community May 16, 2017 by Joanna Lavoie Beach Mirror

Beaches-East York MP Nathaniel Erskine-Smith is getting kids reading for Canada’s 150th anniversary.

The local MP has recently launched the Canada 150 literacy challenge in his riding.

Bay of Quinte MP Neil Ellis is the creator of the non-partisan, parliamentarian-led initiative.

“I think it’s one of the most positive ways to celebrate Canada’s sesquicentennial,” Erskine-Smith said during a recent interview.

For the challenge, classes are invited to read 150 books, short stories, articles, and even poems either about Canada’s culture or heritage or written by Canadians.

Participating groups have until the end of May to submit their log by mail/in-person at Erskine-Smith’s local office at 1902 Danforth Ave., via email at nathaniel.erskine-smith@parl.gc.ca, or by fax at 416-467-0905.

A draw will then be done and the winning class will get a free bus trip to Ottawa where students and their teachers/supervisors will have the opportunity to go on a guided tour of Parliament Hill.

During a recent interview, Erskine-Smith said the initiative has been well received in Beaches-East York. 

“The kids have been so excited,” he said during a recent interview.

“I really do think the best way we can celebrate Canada 150 is to be reading stories about Canada and stories by Canadians.”

Recently, Erskine-Smith visited a Grade 5/6 class at St. Brigid Catholic School near Woodbine and Danforth avenues. Students at the East York elementary school were the first in the riding to complete the challenge.

Canadian author Elizabeth MacLeod joined Erskine-Smith for the lunch reception during which he read an excerpt from a speech by former prime minister Pierre Elliot Trudeau when the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms was adopted in 1982. MacLeod also read from her book Canada Year by Year.

The local MP, who said he plans to visit every class that completes the challenge, also distributed pins, flags, and special edition commemorative Canada 150 certificates to the students.

Erskine-Smith grew up surrounded by books and reading.

His mother is a librarian at Bowmore Road Junior and Senior Public School, while his father was the head of the English department at Malvern Collegiate Institute.

Visit http://beynate.ca/ for more details.

Beaches-East York MP hosts Canada 150 literacy challenge

East Toronto students invited to read 150 pieces of literature by Canadians or about Canada

Community May 16, 2017 by Joanna Lavoie Beach Mirror

Beaches-East York MP Nathaniel Erskine-Smith is getting kids reading for Canada’s 150th anniversary.

The local MP has recently launched the Canada 150 literacy challenge in his riding.

Bay of Quinte MP Neil Ellis is the creator of the non-partisan, parliamentarian-led initiative.

“I think it’s one of the most positive ways to celebrate Canada’s sesquicentennial,” Erskine-Smith said during a recent interview.

For the challenge, classes are invited to read 150 books, short stories, articles, and even poems either about Canada’s culture or heritage or written by Canadians.

Participating groups have until the end of May to submit their log by mail/in-person at Erskine-Smith’s local office at 1902 Danforth Ave., via email at nathaniel.erskine-smith@parl.gc.ca, or by fax at 416-467-0905.

A draw will then be done and the winning class will get a free bus trip to Ottawa where students and their teachers/supervisors will have the opportunity to go on a guided tour of Parliament Hill.

During a recent interview, Erskine-Smith said the initiative has been well received in Beaches-East York. 

“The kids have been so excited,” he said during a recent interview.

“I really do think the best way we can celebrate Canada 150 is to be reading stories about Canada and stories by Canadians.”

Recently, Erskine-Smith visited a Grade 5/6 class at St. Brigid Catholic School near Woodbine and Danforth avenues. Students at the East York elementary school were the first in the riding to complete the challenge.

Canadian author Elizabeth MacLeod joined Erskine-Smith for the lunch reception during which he read an excerpt from a speech by former prime minister Pierre Elliot Trudeau when the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms was adopted in 1982. MacLeod also read from her book Canada Year by Year.

The local MP, who said he plans to visit every class that completes the challenge, also distributed pins, flags, and special edition commemorative Canada 150 certificates to the students.

Erskine-Smith grew up surrounded by books and reading.

His mother is a librarian at Bowmore Road Junior and Senior Public School, while his father was the head of the English department at Malvern Collegiate Institute.

Visit http://beynate.ca/ for more details.