LDAK Update Spring 2022
After what felt like a really long, cold winter, we’ve reached the doorstep of spring. And LDAK is springing into action after months of planning, with the launch of our LDAK Literacy Tutoring Program and our annual Speak Up for Ability Forum on April 23rd.
LDAK Literacy launched at the beginning of April with 16 students in grades 1-3 receiving free Science of Reading based, one-on-one literacy tutoring. Working with literacy experts who volunteered their time and knowledge, we developed a tutor training program, recruited and trained tutor candidates and worked closely with 3 local primary schools to provide space and other support for the program. We are very excited about achieving this milestone, the beginning of what we hope will become an integral part of our service provision.
Speak Up for Ability will be of particular interest to parents and families, educators, students and professionals as the Ontario Human Rights Commission will be presenting the findings of their Right to Read Report. The online forum includes sessions on the report and on the status of literacy education in Kingston. The forum is free and open to anyone interested in education in general in Kingston. Registrants across Ontario are welcome to join the OHRC session and any other sessions of interest.
From May through August we will slow down a bit and focus on consolidating and expanding LDAK Literacy as well as developing webinars for the fall. Please visit our website at ldakingston.com to see what we are up to.
As always, we thank our many volunteers who are helping with program development, web redesign, fundraising and volunteering at bingo, and outreach. If you have too much time on your hands and not enough gardening work, please consider volunteering with LDAK (it’s fun and rewarding), and you can also donate to us. You can click the “Donate” button on LDAK’s homepage, and the “Get Involved” tab of our website for details.
And thank you to our funders, primarily Community Spirit Gaming Association through OLGC, the Community Foundation for Kingston & Area, and Kingston Waterfront Rotary Club.