Frontier College brings summer literacy camps to aboriginal communities in Northern Ontario
TD commits $100,000 to bring summer camps to more than 2300 kids in 2013
TORONTO, Aug. 14, 2012 /CNW/ – TORONTO – August 14, 2012 – Studying, reading, writing and camp? By the end of the month, more than 2300 aboriginal youth will have improved their literacy skills while enjoying the fun of summer camp at 28 locations in Ontario. As part of the Lieutenant Governor’s Summer Literacy Camp program, these camps are managed by Frontier College, Canada’s national literacy organization.
“We see kids develop a love of reading which translates into better students who are ready to go back to classes in September. And they have a lot of fun while they’re learning!” said Sherry Campbell, President of Frontier College.
With support from TD Bank Group, a long-time supporter of Frontier College, which has recently announced a donation of $100,000, the camps will continue to reach children in remote communities to help them discover the joys of reading and camp.
“At TD, we are passionate about children’s literacy and are committed to investing in our aboriginal communities. We are thrilled to support this important program in 2013,” said Frank McKenna, Deputy Chair, TD Bank Group.
The Lieutenant Governor’s Summer Literacy Camp program was established seven years ago by the Hon. James Bartleman, then Lieutenant Governor of Ontario. Recognizing the important relationships between literacy, self-esteem, and school success, Mr. Bartleman introduced the program as a way of empowering First Nations children and youth. This amazing legacy continues to this day under the patronage of the current Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, the Hon. David Onley.
“The Lieutenant Governor’s Summer Literacy Camps have been an important part of my mandate of accessibility being that which enables someone to reach his or her full potential. This program, started by my predecessor, was a natural fit and its continued success is important to the province.” said the Hon. David C. Onley.
In addition to the Ontario camps, Frontier College supports summer literacy camps in British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Quebec and New Brunswick.
About Frontier College:
Frontier College is Canada’s original literacy organization. Founded in 1899, this non-profit recruits and trains volunteers to deliver literacy programs to children, youth and adults in communities across the country. Frontier College helps Canadians improve their literacy and increase their opportunities.