Submit your story for contest

WildSafeBC and CBAL (Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy) are pleased to announce the “Wild Animals!” writing contest.

Shayna Jepsen (left) and Brydie Todd at the Farmers’ Market

Calling all families! WildSafeBC and CBAL (Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy) are pleased to announce the “Wild Animals!” writing contest for the summer of 2015.

Families are invited to create fun stories about their adventures in nature—seeing wild animals and enjoying their wildness. Feel free to get creative, maybe draw a picture to accompany your story. Five stories will be chosen and published in the Grand Forks Gazette and Boundary Creek Times during September, with a picture of the family that wrote the story. Selections will be chosen based on their originality, creativity, and how they celebrate keeping animals wild.

We’re very excited about this project as it celebrates some of the best the Boundary has to offer—the stunning outdoors and creative young families. Not only is this a great way to more deeply engage with our experiences, sharing family stories is a wonderful way to help our children develop early literacy skills.

Literacy skills such as understanding that:

• the text on a page holds the story

• there is a link between oral and written words

• a story has a beginning, middle and end

• books and stories are a way to share something special with those we love

Family stories also give children and all of us a sense of belonging to something larger and helps them to understand that they have a special place in the family and the community.

Submit your stories to Sheila Dobie by Sept. 1 by email (sdobie@cbal.org) or drop off at the Grand Forks Gazette or Boundary Creek Times office.