A free kids’ concert by three-time Juno Award-nominated The Kerplunks and a second edition of the EMCS Society Scrabble Tournament are slated for Edward Milne Community School late this month to mark Family Literacy Week in British Columbia.
The EMCS Society will host its second Scrabble tournament on Wed., Jan. 27 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the school. As with the first tourney last March won by Sooke’s Wilf Wenzel, players can test their wordcrafting skills in a knock-out competition with other dedicated fans of the world’s leading board game.
The school’s two top cops – Principal Pat Swinburnson and RCMP liaison officer Scott Rothermel – will be the night’s judges. Entry fees ($10) and proceeds from a silent auction organized by Anne Boquist and Diane Kent are earmarked for local literacy programs run by the Society, among them the annual Play & Learn Summer Camp.
The following Sunday afternoon (Jan. 31) at 2 p.m., Gabriola Island quartet The Kerplunks will perform in the EMCS theatre courtesy of the Sooke Region Literacy Project and the Sooke branch of the Vancouver Island Regional Library. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. for earlybirds and, like last year’s Literacy Week show by Fraggle Rock puppeteer Tim Gosley, admission is free.
Known for their colourful shows and equally vivid costumes, The Kerplunks play catchy tunes that get kids engaged, singing along and joining in. It’s a great opportunity for youngsters and their parents/guardians to enjoy an afternoon of rousing, top-class entertainment together.
Sponsored by Decoda Literacy Solutions, Family Literacy Week promotes parent-child interaction as a vital factor in a child’s ability to develop literacy, social and language skills. Sadly, some kids are falling behind. Statistics show that one in four B.C. children are “developmentally vulnerable” when beginning kindergarten and 20 percent of students are not completing high school on schedule. (stats: Decoda Literacy Solutions).
The Sooke Literacy Project, coordinated by Stephanie Croft and overseen by the EMCS Society, runs literacy programs from East Sooke to Port Renfrew, including the Books for Breakfast and Book Bin initiatives. The sixth annual Play & Learn Summer Camp this year will again provide a play-based learning environment for local children aged 6 to 9 who are falling behind in their literacy and numeracy skills.
Scrabble is renowned for helping players of all ages develop vocabulary, spelling, math and spatial relations skills. This year’s tournament is again BYOB&D (bring your own board and dictionary). As the competition continues towards final rounds that will be broadcast on the theatre’s big screen, eliminated players can set-up games of their own in the lobby under the whale. Participants and anyone who cares to drop by can bid on auction items.
For further information please contact:
- EMCS Society’s Anne Bell, Ebony Logins & Reta Vasey @ (250) 642-6371
- Stephanie Croft, Literacy Outreach Coordinator @ email@example.com
- Christine Bossi, Scrabble tourney organizer @ firstname.lastname@example.org