ABC Fun Day is for kids and families

ABC Free Fun Day for literacy, on Saturday, Feb. 1, in the Barriere Ridge gymnasium

The ABC Free Fun Day for literacy,  on Saturday, Feb. 1, in the Barriere Ridge gymnasium promises to be a great way to spend part of your weekend with the kids.

Organizer Jill Hayward, Literacy Outreach Coordinator for Barriere, says, “The event is entirely free, and we are inviting families and caregivers to bring out the youngsters for a fun few hours of games and activities that create learning and literacy.  We will be giving each child (or family) a passport that will require them having it stamped as they complete a number of games and tasks at stations around the gym.  Some of these stations will include; decorate a cupcake with your initials, learn to play a tune on a guitar, put a puzzle together, create a book, colour a story, pop an ABC balloon, and much more.  When the passports are turned in the holder will receive a gift pack with literacy information, bookmarks, games, new books, and more.”

Hayward says that funding for the event has been provided by Barriere and Area Literacy Outreach, Yellowhead Community Services and the Barriere Lions Club.

She also notes that if anyone would like to help out that day it would be appreciated.

You can contact Jill Hayward, Barriere and Area Literacy Outreach Coordinator on her cell: 250-319-8023, by email:, or by calling Yellowhead Community Services at 250-672-9773.

“There is no cost involved here for parents or caregivers,” notes Hayward, “This is our day to create fun and learning for young people within our area.  Please come out and participate with your youngsters as they play games, learn new things, and enjoy your interaction with them.”

Hayward says the event is all part of celebrating ABC Family Literacy in the province, with various events taking place at the areas schools as well.

On Wednesday, Jan. 22, from 10:30 am to 12 noon there will be activities based on literacy and the celebration of reading at Barriere Elementary, where students are encouraged to bring their favorite books from home to read to a buddy. Both Primary and Intermediate groups will meet together for Buddy Reading and for language activities.

Celebrate Family Literacy Week, Jan. 20–27th. Read with a family member for 15 minutes a day to help promote a lifelong love of literacy. For great ideas check out: