The Storybook program brings parents and children together through the power of reading. EFS SK supplies new, age-appropriate books and records mothers in prison reading them aloud to their children. The recordings are then sent to their children, giving them an opportunity to share a story together. We started the Storybook program during Christmas of 2018. Since then, we have done the program with provincially sentenced and remanded women at Pine Grove Correctional Centre, and with federally sentenced women at Okimaw Ohci Healing Lodge.
As of January 2019, we have sent out 95 recordings and storybooks to children whose mothers are in prison. Currently, we only run the program for Christmas, but are hoping to offer it all-year long if we can get enough support and donations!
Efry students, Caylene & Syndey, wrapping up the storybook program, December 2018.