FSS students Rylee Whitson

Fernie Secondary School reads across Canada

For the final term, Fernie Secondary School (FSS) has decided to organize a “Reading Across Canada” project.

For the final term, Fernie Secondary School (FSS) has decided to organize a “Reading Across Canada” project.

FSS generally keeps track of how many books are read by using reading logs, but this year they’ve decided to try something different and creative. The goal is to read all the way to St. John’s, Newfoundland. The distance spans 6143 km from Fernie to St. John’s. For every book that is read by a student, teacher, secretary, support staff, parent, or custodian, one km will be gained.

With over 500 members at FSS participating, that works out to approximately 12 books per person within the next five months. Prizes will be given out to each reader whose book/km enters a significant town/city, on our journey to St. John’s along the Trans-Canada highway. As a community we are all looking forward to reaching our goal by the end of the year.

Upon arrival, the mayor of St. John’s will be asked to call and congratulate our community. A huge thank you to teachers Bill Johnson, Yvonne Prest and the entire staff at FSS for organizing this project and to our Parent Advisory Council members for their generous funding. The school would like to invite all members of the community to join in the journey as well. If you’d like to add a few kilometres yourself and track your reading, please pick up a form at FSS and join us in our literacy race. Pow. Let the reading begin.

Submitted by Jodi Stemberger and Finlay Kuijt Grade 11 FSS students