Monday, October 9, 2017

Funding Available for Literacy Projects

The Pembina Escarpment Reading Council (PERC) is supporting a new initiative to promote literacy in surrounding communities.  This year we will be offering up to $500 to support successful designated proposals.

This initiative is in keeping with PERC’s literacy goals:
1.      To improve the quality of literacy instruction at all levels
2.      To develop an awareness and understanding of the impact of literacy
3.      To promote development of literacy proficiency for all people
The proposal may be for a school based or community idea including but not limited to summer reading programs, Little Free Libraries, Makerspace initiatives or other activities that promote reading, writing, listening and learning in our schools and communities.

Everyone is welcome to apply: teachers, students, community members/groups,
parents - EVERYONE who lives within our Pembina Escarpment Reading Council area!

If your project is approved, we would wish to use photos of your completed project and any other information you would like to share with us.

Return your application by one of the two dates this year- January 15, 2018 or May 15, 2018 to: 

If you would like more information, please contact Darlene Keith in Morden at Minnewasta or Maple Leaf School or any member of the PERC executive. Proposal applications are available. Email

62 Conner Hill Drive
Morden, MB   R6M 1J2

Making Writer's Workshop Come Alive!

A New PERC Workshop for Teachers

By Popular Request
Syd Korsunsky is returning to the Pembina Valley.
Register by November 30th.
Contact a PERC representative for more info.

Long Way Down

I received a galley of this book from NetGalley. The hardcover edition is to be released on October 24, 2017.

From Amazon:

An ode to Put the Damn Guns Down, this is National Book Award finalist and New York Times bestseller Jason Reynolds’s fiercely stunning novel that takes place in sixty potent seconds—the time it takes a kid to decide whether or not he’s going to murder the guy who killed his brother.

A cannon. A strap.
A piece. A biscuit.
A burner. A heater.
A chopper. A gat.
A hammer
A tool
for RULE

Or, you can call it a gun.

What did I love about this book?

  •  Jason Reynolds's prose. Who can deliver free verse with such meaning?
  •  I love the cover of this book. Although I read it as an ebook from NetGalley I love the look of the black and white cover displaying old-style round elevator buttons against a scratched and soiled wall.
  •  I love the pages that appear to be the scuffed paint of the elevator walls.
  •  I love the sparsity of words on the page.
  •  I love the chapters told as a trip in the elevator.
  •  I love the ending!

Who can turn your thinking around in 200 pages the way Jason Reynolds can?
Will's brother Shawn was murdered and Will believes he must avenge the death. Like all of Jason Reynolds' novels, the characters are wonderful and the story is never simple.

The novel is longlisted for the National Book Award for Young People's Literature.

I will buy this book so I can read it again in hard copy.