SCARBOROUGH – On Saturday, April 16, Education Minister Liz Sandals will visit the Bridlewood Public Library to read with the children at “Reading Circle” prior to its 10th anniversary on April 23. This community-based reading program was founded by MPP Soo Wong in Scarborough-Agincourt when she was a TDSB trustee. Since the beginning, the reading program has been held at the library every Saturday, from October to May. Approximately 40 children from JK to Grade 5 and 25 high school student volunteers participate. After reading one on one with their reading buddies, children do a range of activities including arts and crafts, singing, writing, and playing games, through which the children develop their oral language and social skills. Reading Circle is supported by a dedicated group of youth volunteers from local high schools. This program enables the youth volunteers to earn their community service hours as well as acquire leadership, team work, and organizational skills. Many of the former volunteers are now successful community leaders.
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