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Books available for preschoolers

Preschoolers with a need to read will be able to borrow a backpack of books.

With a $2,500 grant from the Hamber Foundation to help establish a pre-school reading readiness program, and a lot of local support, Cowichan Valley School District has put together Books on the Go.

The program will put reading resources in 100 backpacks parents of children ages two to four can borrow to help give their children a step up the literacy ladder.

“We have recently received a mapping profile of the community that show us a lot of our little children coming into the school system aren’t at a level of readiness that we would hope for,” director of elementary education Candace Spilsbury said.

Each backpack will be stuffed with learning resources such as books, games and instructional tips relating to one of 50 themes such as trains or farm animals.

For more information call 748-0321.

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