The Reading Council of Greater Winnipeg (RCGW) has been dedicated to promoting literacy and developing lifelong readers since 1956. We have a proud history of being a literacy leader in Winnipeg and its surrounding area. We are a Special Area Group of Educators (SAGE) of the Manitoba Teachers' Society and a local council of the International Literacy Association.
RCGW provides professional development for educators, shares resources and ideas on our website, celebrates I Love to Read month, promotes literacy in the community, honours literacy leaders and up-and-coming teacher candidates, and supports literacy projects. Join RCGW today!
Did you know that the Reading Council of Greater Winnipeg supports community-based literacy initiatives? In addition to our support of Family Literacy Day and the Children's Hospital Foundation during I Love to Read Month, the Reading Council of Greater Winnipeg provides support to organizations who promote literacy and the development of lifelong readers. Here are two organizations we supported recently.
John Howard Society of Manitoba
The John Howard Society of Manitoba’s Literacy Program uses a variety of programs and dedicated volunteers to provide opportunities for incarcerated men to improve their basic literacy skills. Often, missed educational opportunities or negative school experiences can increase the chances of incarceration; therefore, gaining or building upon literacy skills through tutoring and encouragement improves post-incarceration job and education prospects. Research has also shown that inmates who avail themselves of educational opportunities while incarcerated reduce the chances of recidivism.
The program welcomes volunteers, particularly educators, to help deliver its very important services. These services include:
While all programs involving community volunteers are suspended due to COVID-19, the Society looks forward to when restrictions are lifted and will welcome volunteers when they are permitted to re-enter the Remand Centre.
The Reading Council of Greater Winnipeg donated to the John Howard Society of Manitoba's Literacy Program because we believe in their mission and value the work they do in our community to foster literacy among a population that is often overlooked but in great need of literacy support.
You Can't Spoil a Baby
The Reading Council of Greater Winnipeg also supported You Can't Spoil a Baby, a local organization that provides a gift to families in need. The organization's mission is to "reduce child poverty by delivering a baby gift to every expectant Manitoba family in need who applies and qualifies." With RCGW's donation, You Can't Spoil a Baby purchased books from McNally Robinson that value Indigenous perspectives, promote self esteem in children, and encourage biodiversity. See below their Facebook post that highlights the titles selected.
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