FESA Learner Story: Amy's Drawing

Today we want to share a drawing from one of FESA’s young learners: Amy. We have received Amy’s drawing from Joanna, Amy’s mom. The drawing was made for Joanna as a gift for Mother’s Day. Amy is four years old and drew an angel mermaid with wings, just as beautiful and kind as her mom. Drawing provides many opportunities for kids to build essential skills like fine motor skills, creativity, and hand strength. Along with helping their physical development, drawing provides opportunities for kids to use creativity and imagination; it also provides time to practice focusing on a single task and opportunities for decision making. You can read all about the benefits of your child drawing here. He

We're Halfway to our $10,000 Goal!

We are exuberant to announce that we’ve passed the halfway mark to our $10,000 Pie in the FESA fundraiser goal! With a lot of hard work from FESA's Board Members and staff, we have officially raised $5,035 to date. We started the Pie in the FESA Fundraiser way back in March. There have been challenges along the way — like the total shutdown of our office and programs — but through hard work and everyone pulling together, the FESA Board and staff have found success and a lot of fun at the same time. So, thank you to everyone who has donated so far. Your support enables us to reach and support more vulnerable communities through literacy and learning. We’ve still got a fair way to go to reach

FESA Learner Story: June Li

We’d like to share a Learner Story with you all today. Meet June and Alex. June is an ESL Learner and her son Alex is 2 years old. June and Alex joined the Further Education Society’s (FESA) Parent Child Mother Goose/Literacy and Parenting Skills program hosted at the Calgary Pregnancy Care Centre. They’ve been attending on a regular basis since Alex was 6 months old. The program facilitator, Beibei Lu is a long time FESA Facilitator who has been with the organization for many years. Due to the COVID-19 health crisis, FESA has moved the program online. As a result, Beibei is still able to provide the program for her learners and June and Alex can participate. Here’s what June had to say: “We

Our Interview with Jessica Spicer

I am excited about the funds that will be raised (and matched up to 50% by Shaw Birdies for Kids presented by AltaLink). These funds will he

Pie Junkie Partnership Announcement

We’re excited to formally announce our partnership between the Further Education Society and Calgary’s premium pie provider, Pie Junkie! Pie Junkie is helping us raise awareness of the Pie in the FESA fundraiser and will be supplying pies for the Pieing Day. We've wanted to partner with Pie Junkie since the beginning of our fundraiser because of their commitment to the Calgary community (and the delicious pies they make). If you haven't heard of Pie Junkie before, it's a local bakery that creates high-end sweet and savoury pies that are locally handmade by Nancy, Jo-Anne, and their team of skilled bakers from their three locations. Pie Junkie is the perfect pie-partner for the Pie in the F

FESA Facilitator Stories: Beibei Lu

Beibei Lu has been running FESA's virtual Rhyme and Story programs for a little more than one month. It’s a very new experience for the facilitator as well as for the program participants, since it’s challenging but also rewarding. Nowadays, Beibei finds props very helpful to attract the young audience during virtual session time. They're excited to sing "Old McDonald" when shown toy animals one-by-one. The participants sometimes volunteer to show their animal toys and request to add their animals into the singing. When it’s time for the counting song, Beibei asks a few children to show what they wanted to count that day. Then the group would sing to the tune “One little, two little, three l

How to talk about racism at home

With the health concerns spurred by COVID-19, the economic losses experienced by many families, and the growing racial tension in the United States and Canada, it’s hard to talk about these heavy subjects at home. In particular, the recent events surrounding the Black Lives Matter protests have sparked a renewed interest to bring conversations about racism, it’s history, and lived experiences home. Recently, we’ve seen a lot of people ask: “Where can I start with my kids?” and “What resources are available?” As a result, we’ve decided to compile a list of podcasts, books, and articles that you can use to educate yourself and your family about different cultures, inequalities, and historical

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