Six fathers at the North Slave Correctional Complex recently participated in the NWT Literacy Council’s Reading Together Program.
The program allows dads to choose a book to read for their kids, record a video of them doing so and say a goodnight message.
The video is then delivered as part of a package that includes a blanket and stuffed animal chosen by their dad, pajamas, a toothbrush and toothpaste.
This latest edition of the program had the kits delivered to kids in time for Christmas.
“An important part of this project is supporting fathers in their role as parents. While in a correctional centre, they don’t get to make day-to-day decisions for their children like helping them choose a toothbrush at the store, reading them their favourite book at bedtime, or choosing a stuffed animal that their child will love,” says Katie Johnson, the program manager for the literary council.
The program will be offered again this month.