THE WORD ON THE STREET SHINES A SPOTLIGHT ON LITERACY
The Word On The Street believes that literacy is essential to its community, and is committed to promoting and celebrating both literacy and the local organizations who advocate for it.
Each year, 20 literacy groups are provided with free exhibit space in The Word On The Street’s Exhibitor Marketplace to raise awareness about their programs, attract new volunteers, and raise funds. The Festival invites everyone to visit Literacy Lane to show their support for these local literacy groups. In addition to this, each year, The Word On The Street partners with literacy organizations to promote both their presence at the Festival and their initiatives.
In 2012, The Word On The Street has five partners in literacy: The International Dyslexia Association Ontario Branch (ONBIDA); Literature for Life; Metro Toronto Movement for Literacy (MTML) and The Children’s Book Bank.
About our 2012 Literacy Partners and How to Connect With Them:
Visit The International Dyslexia Association Ontario Branch (ONBIDA) at booth 165 to experience first-hand some of the challenges faced by those with Dyslexia, a language-based learning disability. Simulations start at 11am, 1pm and 3pm.
Books of Life is an Aboriginal education awareness and literacy initiative of the Ontario Teachers’ Federation (OTF), funded by the Government of Ontario. Supported by their teachers, students from diverse school populations created and exchanged book about their lives with other students. OTF is presenting Books of Life in the Children’s Reading Tent at 3pm.
Visit Literature for Life in Literacy Lane at booth LL7 to share memories of your favourite childhood book with them over Twitter for a chance to win a Sony Reader.
Visit Metro Toronto Movement for Literacy (MTML) in Literacy Lane at booth LL2 to spin their Literacy Wheel of Fortune!
The Children’s Book Bank is asking you to drop off your gently used children’s books at their donation bins located at each of The Word On The Street’s Information Booths. These books will be distributed free of charge to children in high needs neighbourhoods in Toronto.