New Kitimat teachers’ group expands literacy program for infants

The group has ensured that kids coming in for their 18-month immunizations will leave with a book

From left to right: Tina Watchorn, Pam Vollrath, Rebecca French, Abigail McDonnell, Sandra Knowles, and Margaret Sanou. (Contributed photo)

From left to right: Tina Watchorn, Pam Vollrath, Rebecca French, Abigail McDonnell, Sandra Knowles, and Margaret Sanou. (Contributed photo)

Bringing your child in for their 18-month immunization at Kitimat General Hospital will come with an added perk, thanks to a newly-formed local group.

Friends of Kitimat Retired Teachers have purchased and donated books to be given to parents bringing their kids in for their shots. This is an expansion of a program provided by the Kitimat Public Library, which provides books to parents at their child’s first immunization at two months old.

“The Kitimat Retired Teachers Association decided we wanted to sponsor this,” said Sandra Knowles. “But we discovered that our association is not legally allowed to take on a charity.”

They have stated that their aim is to promote language development, concepts development, and closeness between parent and child.

“So we have our own little charity branch now,” added Knowles.

The group has also developed and distributed two leaflets, which feature tips for parents on how to choose books for children at various stages of development between birth and 30 months.

The free books will be given to parents at the immunization appointment, with no prior sign-up required.