By Nithi Pirithiviraja

Louise Sirisko, Director of Education at the York Regional District School Board, joined members of the Youth and Parent’s Association of Markham (YPAM) and the Markham Public Library at the Aaniin Community centre March 2nd.

There, she read a variety of books to YPAM kids, followed up by a question and answer period with parents immediately afterward. The kids were very engaged in the stories, listening intently as Sirisko read to them, while participating in interactive activities.

Sirisko also applied playful techniques, resulting in a comfortable environment that helped the kids to interact – as kids.

Sirisko, a 27-year veteran in education, started her career in 1990 with the Peel District School Board as an elementary school teacher. She urged parents, at the YPAM event, to engage with their children through books and interactive activities:

“Reading allows positive stimulation for children to expand their vocabulary as well create a systemized routine allowing for constant learning. Children who read constantly get better at it with time and practice. Reading also exercises the brain and improves concentration. It builds a child’s imagination,” says Sirisko.

YPAM provides innovative programming for children, according to their website, fostering their creativity, confidence, and communication skills. Their free schedule includes weekly reading activities at the Aaniin Community Centre & Library along with a Spelling Bee, Speech Contest and Curriculum Based Math Contest for their students.

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