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Did you know? September is Literacy Month

Donations can be made online at raiseareader.ca or in person on Wednesday, Sept. 21, between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m., when volunteers will once again be at popular morning stops in Kamloops and the surrounding area, hawking special editions of Kamloops This Week for a donation to literacy programs
Raise A Reader team photo
The Raise a Reader team is promoting literacy. Back row, from left: Cara Gates, Joe Small, Jill Hayward and Ray Jolicoeur. Front row, from left: Larry Read, Crystal Murgatroyd, Fiona Clare and Marianne VandePol. Missing from the photo, but very much involved in the cause, are Kerry Milner-Cairns, Barbara Maher and Serena Hazel.

Across B.C., 400 communities join literacy organization Decoda Literacy Solutions to celebrate September as Literacy Month.

Kamloops and surrounding rural communities will celebrate the 15th annual Raise a Reader campaign the week of Sept. 19 to Sept. 23. To date, the campaign has raised more than $1.3 million to support local literacy programs.

More than 700,000 people in B.C. struggle with literacy challenges. Local literacy programs help increase the literacy and learning skills of children, youth, adults and seniors to improve their quality of life at home, at work and in the community.

“Literacy in all its forms helps us connect to each other, to our communities and to better opportunities,” said Sandra Lee, new executive director at Decoda Literacy Solutions.

At home, literacy connects parents and caregivers to their kids.

By reading and playing together every day, we help build our children’s literacy skills. Literacy connects us to health. Literacy skills help us find, understand and use health information so we can enjoy better health and live longer. Having strong numeracy skills helps us manage our money better.

At work, literacy connects us to employment. People with strong literacy skills have more job opportunities and can earn more money.

Literacy connects us to workplace safety and to job-related learning and upgrading.

In the community, literacy connects us to civic engagement. People with strong literacy skills are more likely to vote and volunteer. Literacy connects us to others.

Literacy skills help us communicate, participate and feel included. Literacy skills help us understand our rights and our responsibilities. Literacy connects us to the digital world and digital access and skills allow people to fully participate in society.

Donations can be made online at raiseareader.ca or in person on Wednesday, Sept. 21, between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m., when volunteers will once again be at popular morning stops in Kamloops and the surrounding area, hawking special editions of Kamloops This Week for a donation to literacy programs.