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Our Goal:

100% Grade 3 Level Literacy

Campaign Goals

We've launched a $20M campaign

  • 1

    Help young learners achieve Grade 3 literacy by Grade 3

  • 2

    Set children up for success

  • 3

    Strengthen our schools, our community, and our province

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Co-Chairs

Campaign Co-Chairs

"Growing up and attending a community school in Saskatoon, I truly understand the importance of having supports in place to help youth with their educational goals. This is why I am excited to be part of this amazing campaign."

- Michael Linklater

"Books and stories open us up to possibility. Every time a child learns to read, limitless opportunity and possibility opens for them; they can be anyone, do anything, imagine everything, with words as their guide. They can also articulate their own story, which gives them power and freedom to connect in this world."

- Alice Kuipers

"They are all our children. And we need to give them all a chance to succeed."

- Wayne Brownlee

Literacy Stats

Literacy has a profound impact over a lifetime and begins at an early age

28%

Every year, 28% of students (500 students) in Saskatoon Public Schools have not achieved at or above grade level literacy in reading by Grade 3.

— Saskatoon Public Board of Education Annual Report, 2017-18

4X Less

A child who can’t read at grade level by Grade 3 is 4x less likely to graduate than a child who does read proficiently by that time.

— Annie Casey Foundation, Double Jeopardy: How Third Grade Reading Skills and Poverty Influence High School Graduation, 2012

$1 Invested = $7 Gained

For every dollar put into preventative programming, society gains $7 back into the economy.

— Canadian Language and Literacy Research Network, National Strategy for Early Literacy, 2009

Key Initiatives

Key Initiatives over 5 years

We will focus on 15 schools to achieve 100% Grade 3 level literacy in five years beginning in 2021.

Full-Day Pre-Kindergarten

Age 4

1,200 students impacted

$68K x 15 x 5 Teachers/EA

1.5 SLP $150K x 5

1.5 OT $150K x 5

15 classrooms

5.1M + 1.5M = $6.6M

Full-Day Kindergarten

Age 5

1,725 students impacted

$82.5K x 15 x 5 Teachers/EA

1.5 SLP $150K x 5

1.5 OT $150K x 5

15 classrooms

6.19M + 1.5M = $7.69M

Early Learner Tutor Program

Grades 1-3

3,875 students impacted

$375K x 5 = $1.875

$300K x 5 = $1.500

57 Tutors

$3.375M

Summer Reading Camps Program

Grades 1-3

1,500 students impacted

$75K x 5

30 Tutors

$375K

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How you can help

SPSF is raising funds above and beyond government funding

Giving students the needed support to reach key literacy milestones and the best chance for success

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$1 Invested = $7 Gained

For every dollar put into preventative programming, society gains $7 back into the economy.

Canadian Language and Literacy Research Network, National Strategy for Early Literacy, 2009

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Meet Alice

Meet Alice

In Grade 2, Alice was disengaged – hiding in the corner with a hood over her head, inexpressive and shy. Essentially unable to read, she was placed in a school-based literacy program but made slow progress.

Since participating in the Foundation’s programs, Alice’s reading skills have soared by an astonishing 14 reading levels. In Grade 3, she is now reading at grade level after receiving just one year of literacy programming. It’s no surprise to learn that she has developed into a happy, confident and engaged student.

Meet Bentley

Bentley began the Early Learner Tutor Program thinking he couldn’t read because he simply wasn’t smart enough. What he really needed was a confidence boost. His tutor Susan helped him become comfortable learning new skills. Susan said, “Bentley was just so eager to learn.” Together they worked diligently on recognizing and fixing mistakes, and gradually Bentley began to feel less anxious about making errors.

He connected with Susan over a shared love of cats. Bentley relished reading any book about cats whether they were domestic or wild. They spent many delightful moments together chatting about amusing feline hijinks. He loved to invite his friends to read plays aloud with him, such as Jack and the Beanstalk. Bentley became the “leader” during these sessions and developed an aptitude for reading out loud. This experience helped to build his confidence.

Track Record

A track record of success

Literacy is one of the Saskatoon Public Schools Foundation’s three strategic priorities.

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The Early Learner Tutor Program is one initiative with significant impact on the literacy of children attending Saskatoon Public Schools.

This involves comprehensive support for struggling readers in Grade 1 to 3 to help them progress to grade level reading by Grade 3.

Additional outcomes include improved school attendance, increased confidence and willingness to read with others. Tutors can also recognize potential learning disabilities such as learning or speech impediments.

More impressively, students taking part in the program have continued to develop their reading ability over the long-term.

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