Literacy in the Environment

Elkford families celebrated literacy in Chipmunk Park.

Children and their families decorated Chipmunk Park in Elkford with colourful words

On September 22nd, families in Elkford enjoyed the sunshine while learning about Literacy in the Environment (LITE). The event, which was made possible by a partnership between the Elkford Public Library, Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy, the District of Elkford, and the Elkford Early Childhood Development Committee seen Chipmunk Park transformed as children decorated the area with colourful letters, words and images. “We wanted to introduce more literacy in our play spaces to help create positive conversations between children and their parents about literacy, and created a lively, inviting space for families,” said Jennifer Cherney, Elkford ECD Coordinator. “There are so many opportunities to see text and images in our environment and very little in parks and play spaces for children. We wanted to make a positive impact on the most basics of foundations in a child’s life, literacy,” she said. With many smiles, sunshine and lots fun the literacy event turned out to be a huge success.