North Queens Schools celebrate family literacy week

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With Family Literacy Day on Jan. 27, The Students for Social Justice at North Queens Community School are spearheading a community-wide project to support a school in the Dominican Republic. 

Education Mission Team Members Kim van Dyk, Julie Ramey, Sarah Haughn and Lisa Heim pose with students Emily Hawkes and Gracie Reeves stand in front of the Adopt-a-Book Display at North Queens School2

This coming March, four of the staff from the school, along with two other educators, will be heading to Cangrejo, Dominican Republic to work with teachers at the Hugs for Kids Mission School.  While in the Dominican, the staff will provide training for teachers at the school and will assist with developing programs that are interactive and hands on.

After discovering a significant need at the school, the Social Justice Students at North Queens have rallied to create a campaign that will provide the funds for much needed library reading materials.  Working with Scholastic International, the group hopes to provide a series of Spanish-language, Guided Reading materials.  These books and their related teaching resources will be a first for the school and its 150 children.  Keen to learn to read, the children at the Hugs for Kids School require a more guided approach to reading and it is the hope of the Social Justice Team to provide the resources to help them.

“This week-end we celebrate Family Literacy Day in Canada.  It seemed a perfect time to launch a project like this one,” said Julie Ramey, social justice advisor.  “It is our hope, that families will share their love for reading as a family and at the same time provide similar opportunities for children who are less advantaged.” 

Donations in support of this project can be made online at



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