Media Alert for Precious Minds Video Release

The record breaking event in Toronto’s SkyDome on 2000-10-24, with J. K. Rowling reading from her Harry Potter series to over 20,000 people, has helped highlight the importance of literacy for our youth. The Kiwanis Club of Ottawa has been a long time supporter of children and literacy through our ‘Reading is Fundamental’ program.

The Kiwanis Club of Ottawa continues to invest in children’s literacy. On Friday, 2000-10-27, at 12:30 PM in the Chateau Laurier Ballroom, the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa will be launching the educational video “Precious Minds: Nuturing Literacy in the Early Years”. The video is based on the ground breaking report, “Early Years Study” by Margaret Norrie McCain and Dr. J. Fraser Mustard. The video will be made available to the general public through a range of programs, including a web site at http://www.preciousminds.org.

The Club is anticipating distributing 10,000 of these videos in the first year of its release. The meeting will include Ed Healey, President of the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa, Ken Nelson, Chair of the ‘Young Children Priority One’ Committee, and Sam Bhargava, past Chair of the ‘Young Children Priority One’ Committee as speakers from Kiwanis. Jim Grieve from ‘Success by Six’ will be the guest speaker.

The Kiwanis Club of Ottawa has previously released the very successful educational video “Never Shake a Baby: What parents and caregivers need to know”. This video has been used across North America to alert parents and caregivers to the issues and dangers involved in shaking a baby.

The Kiwanis Club of Ottawa is celebrating 84 years of active fund raising and community involvement as a not-for-profit organization. The largest Kiwanis Club in Canada, the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa is one of the most active and dynamic service clubs in the world. Each year the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa returns $500,000 to the local community.

One of the 8,000 Clubs in Kiwanis International, the Club has met every Friday since 1917 at the Chateau Laurier Hotel in Ottawa. Other projects carried on by Kiwanis in the Ottawa area include the Kiwanis Duck Race for Tiny Hearts, the “Never Shake a Baby” educational video, and the “Reading is Fundamental” project running at Connaught Public School.

- 30 - For information call Sam Bhargava (Kiwanis Club of Ottawa) at 834-3647

This information is available at http://media.ottawakiwanis.org in an electronic format. Early Years Study: http://www.childsec.gov.on.ca/newsrel/apr2099.html Success by Six: http://www.rmoc.on.ca/socialservices/socialservices/step_by_step/partners/strong4.htm Never shake a baby: http://shakenbaby.ottawakiwanis.org