"I read, therefore I am" book launch in Thetford Mines

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Photo: courtesy of MCDC

Estelle Leboeuf, youth coordinator at MCDC; Camille David of the MRC des Appalaches, Suzanne Aubre, executive director of MCDC; Ann Marie Powell, president of MCDC ; and Marc Alexandre Brousseau, mayor of Thetford Mines, are shown at the launch of I read, therefore I am.

The Megantic English-speaking Community Development Corporation (MCDC), recently launched I read, therefore I am, a book aimed at promoting literacy among youth, produced in collaboration with St. Patrick Elementary and A.S. Johnson High School in Thetford Mines.

The book is a collection of stories written by students from kindergarten to Secondary V who either drew a picture (for the little ones) or wrote a story based on one of the themes suggested by their teacher. Students in the art class illustrated each section of the book. It was a complete collective effort by all involved (students, teachers, the school and MCDC staff and volunteers) to make this book come true.

In addition to the book, other activities took place during the year to promote literacy and encourage students to read: stories read by volunteers (students and seniors) to little ones, a visit to the Salon du Livre in Quebec City and a presentation by Literacy Quebec.

“MCDC is proud to have initiated this project in collaboration with the school…. Good reading skills play such an important role in pursuing post-secondary studies and finding good employment. We really hope that our project has contributed ... to giving the desire to read to our youth and to help them experience the joy that a good book can bring,” said Ann Marie Laughrea Powell, president of MCDC.

Stephen Renaud, the principal at St. Patrick Elementary and A.S. Johnson High School added, “This book, the culmination of a year-long literacy project, has given our students advanced opportunities to listen, speak, write and read. I can’t thank MCDC enough for allowing every St. Patrick’s and ASJ student the opportunity to publish their work.”

Those who would like to purchase a copy of the book for $10 can contact Estelle at MCDC (418-332-3851) or Brenda at the school (418-335-5366).