A group of students from Parkland College presented a dozen bookbags to Yorkton Family Resource Centre on Wednesday. Each bag contains a book, a toy, and a craft. Parents can borrow the bookbags from the Resource Centre to play and learn with their children.
The project originated as an assignment in the College’s Workplace Essential Skills program. Students were assigned a social project in which they identified a need in the community and tried to address it. Since reading and literacy are vital to all Essential Skills programs, the students chose to put together the bookbags. They created four bookbags for children under 3 years of age, four for ages 4-7, and another four for age 7 and up.
“We are grateful to the Yorkton Family Resource Centre for partnering with us to make these bookbags available to the community,” said Kim Kyle-Zwirsky, Workplace Essential Skills Regional Facilitator. “I think the best thing about the project is that parents don’t need to be strong readers because the craft and toy are related to the storyline of the book inside. All they have to do is play with their children and make the story up as they go along.”
Essential Skills are needed for success in work, learning, and life. They are the foundational skills that make it easier to learn all other skills. Students benefit from Essential Skills programs by increasing initiative and innovation, improving self-confidence, and building transferable skills.
These programs also include a work experience component. This particular group of students was assigned three different work placements rather than the usual one assignment. The goal is to help the students explore various career options.
Since its inception in 1973, Parkland College has worked to expand the philosophy of life-long learning in East Central Saskatchewan. Among the seven basic principles upon which the community college system was founded is the idea that programs are to be developed in response to the needs of the community. Today, Parkland College offers a broad spectrum of educational services from trades training and high school upgrading to the province’s most diverse off-campus university offerings.
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