Alistair Pratt offers up his most menacing 'aargh!' during Friday's pirate-themed Ready

Alistair Pratt offers up his most menacing 'aargh!' during Friday's pirate-themed Ready

Learning three ‘Arghs’

Ready, Set, Learn hosts a literacy event at Fort Rupert Elementary School.

PORT HARDY—A few dozen preschool and kindergarten kids donned eye patches and skull-and-bones bandanas Friday to celebrate a pirate-themed Ready, Set, Learn literacy event at Fort Rupert Elementary School.

Designed to provide the youngsters in introduction to the school, the event featured storytelling with Mother Goose aboard the Literacy Bus, craft-making, pirate games in the gymnasium and a “treasure hunt” for shells, driftwood and other objects at nearby Storey’s Beach.

Additional Ready, Set, Learn events will take place in other North Island schools in the coming weeks, including May 14 at A.J. Elliott School in Sointula, May 15 at Eagle View Elementary in Port Hardy, and May 23 at Woss Lake Elementary.