Mason Nelson and his little brother Rocky had some fun making a take home family meal prep dish as part of the Unplug and Play Literacy Week activities. The meal prep box contained the ingredients and recipe for French toast sticks with pineapple orange topping. (Submitted photo)

Fun had Unplug and Play Literacy Week


Families had some fun last week during Yellowhead Community Services’ Unplug & Play Literacy Week in Clearwater.

Denica Kelly, Clearwater and area early years service provider for YCS, said many of the activities looked different this year to keep them COVID-friendly, while still engaging families.

A new activity this year was a week-long book hunt, where families could search for books hidden in various locations around Clearwater, Vavenby and Blue River, based off clues found on the Clearwater and Area Literacy Program Facebook page. The hidden books were for all ages, from pre-school to adult.

Other literacy-themed activities included tuning in to a live story reading from the International Space Station, alphabet painting and felt board storytime, as well as three family skatesm sponsored by the North Thompson Sportsplex. Families could dress up as their favourite superhero or bring their favourite teddy bear and everyone went home with a goodie bag after their skate.

Families could also have fun reading while making something yummy with the program’s home family meal prep boxes, which contained the ingredients and recipe for French toast sticks with pineapple orange topping.

The Clearwater and Area Literacy Program also held a contest through their Facebook page for anyone who participated in the week’s activities to post a photo or submit my email, to be entered into one of five prize draws. The District of Clearwater donated “Love where you live” toques and bags for some of the prizes.

The winners of the draws were: Michelle Masses ($25 Indigo gift card, toque and book); Kailey Homman ($25 Indigo gift card and toque); Jayla Toma (board game and “Love where you live” bag); Reese Poisson (board game and book); Azadeh Klassen (preserves gift basket and Wildflour cafe gift card).

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