Connecting with kids during I Love to Read Month

By: James Allum, MLA for Fort Garry - Riverview

As published in The Sou’Wester

May 1, 2013

One of the great pleasures of being an MLA for Fort Garry-Riverview is the opportunity to spend time and participate at events at all the great schools in my constituency.

One of the most important of these events is visiting our schools for I Love to Read month in February. As my own three children have long since grown up, it is an extraordinary pleasure to spend time in our classrooms reading the likes of Dr. Seuss once more with our school kids.

I Love to Read month is about more than reading to kids, because when you’re an MLA, there’s a lot they want to know. My presentations were almost completely interactive and I was delighted to answer questions from them about my job.

Indeed, in every class I visited the children were engaged, interested, involved and not afraid to stand up and speak their minds. I’ll never forget the hugs I received at Harrow school or the high-fives I got from the kids at Ralph Maybank.

It’s often said that our children are our future, but as I often tell the students, our future depends on the actions we take today. Recently École Viscount Alexander celebrated the completion of a full-scale restoration project.

The staff and parents at this Grade 5 to 8 French immersion school, as well as the staff from the Pembina Trails School Division, were integral to the completion of this project.

Another great example of community building is the Bill Madder Outdoor Athletic Complex at Collège Churchill High School, a product of several years of hard work and fundraising by students, staff, parents, alumni, and the community.

Thanks to contributions from all three levels of government, prominent alumni, and many local organizations and individuals in Riverview and Lord Roberts, this is a fantastic addition to the school and an amazing community asset.

The schools in Fort Garry-Riverview are essential to building strong, safe, and sustainable neighbourhoods.

As a direct result of the work done in classrooms across the constituency by very caring educators, our students are learning the value of citizenship and are well- positioned to have a very bright future.

I’m honoured to be the MLA for Fort Garry-Riverview and to work with so many students, parents, and educators to make our constituency a model of learning and citizenship.

I invite you all to come visit me in my new office at 556 Osborne Street.