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Frontier College Summer Literacy Camp at Montrose School

In 2017, Edmonton Public Schools and Edmonton Catholic Schools partnered with Frontier College to promote more students’ opportunities and achievements through Summer Literacy Camps. The camps use a daily curriculum of literacy-embedded activities to reduce summer learning loss and support children’s ability, enjoyment, and confidence as readers.  This summer’s camps at Brightview and Montrose schools reached 38 children. 

Beyond the benefits to campers, Summer Literacy Camps make a wider impact on communities by:  
 
Campers spend time reading every day and bring books home to keep. This year, each camp received approximately 180 books. In total, campers in Edmonton received 360 books to build their home libraries. 
 
Elders and community members lead Indigenous language and culture sessions, field trips, and other activities. Parents and family members support their children’s learning by visiting camp—to read a book, play a game, or just observe. Their presence sends a positive message to campers about the value of learning and education.  
 
Local staff receive training and increase their leadership skills and literacy knowledge as camp counsellors. This year, five counsellors in Edmonton received intensive Summer Literacy Camp training.

Camp Outcomes

  • 83% of campers said that camp made them more excited about school
  • 89% of parents said their children read more at home after attending camp
  • Camps increased students’ academic readiness, according to 85% of teachers surveyed nationally 

Mossbag and Swing Teachings

Here is a version of traditional Cree teachings about parenting, the mossbag and the swing are shared through this digital story. Traditional Cree protocols for knowledge gathering were followed to produce this digital story. A collaboration between Saddle Lake Cree Nation and the University of Toronto. Funded by the Canadian Institutes for Health Research.