Maggie’s place to host wizard-themed literacy day

Jocelyn Turner
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Practicing some magic tricks

AMHERST – All you’ll need is your cloak and magic wand for Maggie’s Place and CAN-U’s ‘The Wonder World of Wizards’ literacy day event, where children and adults alike will be introduced to the magical world of reading.

“It’s family literacy and we always thought it would be great to have a theme,” said Heather Matthews, the children’s team co-ordinator for Maggie’s Place, who helped organize the event. “In the past, we’ve done a super hero theme and we did the Sharon Fitch last year and they went over really well.”

With this year’s wizards theme, children and their parents will have the opportunity to learn a few spells, make some magical art and go through some valuable wizard’s training. To help promote literacy, the participants will also have the chance to make their own spell books.

“Usually, there are some people dressed up,” said Matthews. “I’m sure there will be some wizards around. It’s going to be a lot of fun. Families know they can come, have some fun and see that literacy doesn’t have to be boring.”

By helping parents get their children into the groove of reading at an early age, Matthews and CAN-U classroom instructor Jen Starling said it can help keep them reading throughout their lives.

“As you get older, you can become less interested to the earlier the better,” said Starling.

“It’s to promote that life-long love of reading,” added Matthews.

Matthews, Starling as well as the other staff helping put the event together are quite excited for the themed day.

“We have been practicing and there are going to be magic tricks. We’ve even been casting spells on each other here. We’ve been making good use of our wands,”Matthews said.

Starling even said if she doesn’t get the role she likes, she will duel with Matthews in order to get the one she wants.

“Look at my spell book, it’s full of spells,” warned Matthews. “You’ll have to come and see the outcome.”

All the wizarding fun will take place at the Spring Street Academy gym on Saturday, Jan 26, from 10 a.m. until noon. Children will be required to have a parent with them.

The project, put on by Together We Can, the partnership between CANU and Maggie’s Place, was a literacy project funded by the Department of Labour and Advanced Education.

For more information on the event, call Maggie’s Place at 667-7250.

jturner@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: Street Academy, Department of Labour and Advanced Education

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