Volunteers out in force for Raise-A-Reader

By James Peters
September 27, 2016 - 9:00am Updated: September 27, 2016 - 2:36pm

KAMLOOPS — Volunteers were out in force throughout Kamloops on Tuesday morning, selling special editions of Kamloops This Week to raise money for local literacy programs.

The annual Raise a Reader day supports Literacy in Kamloops and the Kamloops Early Language and Literacy Initiative.

LINK's Fiona Clare says in two hours of hocking papers, the Kamloops volunteers are expecting to collect about $10,000.

But Clare says the final fundraising total will end up much larger than that with fundraising efforts throughout the Thompson region.

"It's increased every year. With our sponsorship and other donations, and the neighbouring communities of Barriere, Chase, Clearwater and Logan Lake are doing this at the same time. Last year we raised $65,000 and we got $45,000 in matching funds from the province."

Clare says the two literacy groups support initiatives such as Parent-Child Mother Goose program, ABC Family Literacy Day, and family literacy nights, as well as one-to-one children's literacy, community book shelves, and adult-based programs.

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