Promoting literacy during Raise a Reader Day

There will be two events in Clearwater to raise funds for local literacy projects

Raise a Reader Day will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 25. This year there will be two events in Clearwater to raise funds for local literacy projects.

In the morning and early afternoon we will run a newspaper campaign. Look for volunteers in bright, orange shirts outside of local businesses that would like to trade a special Raise a Reader edition of a newspaper for a donation towards literacy. These volunteers are representatives of local organizations that are passionate about literacy in the community.

From 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 25 an Adult Team Spelling Bee will be held at Clearwater Secondary School. Teams of four will compete to win the coveted 2013 Team Spelling Bee Champion Trophy.

If you are a local business owner and would like to support literacy projects in the community, you can send a team to represent your business in the spelling bee, or sponsor a team of individuals passionate about literacy. You can also participate in the event by purchasing a “bye’ word for the team of your choice.

There will be door prizes for participants and a refreshment table. Spectator entry will be by donation. Please call 250-674-3530 if you would like to register a team in the event or are interested in sponsoring a team.

All donations collected on Raise a Reader Day are matched in whole or in part by various national and local sponsors as well as by the provincial government. All funds raised will go back into the community to support existing literacy initiatives such as Parent-Child Mother Goose in the communities of Clearwater, Vavenby and Blue River, and the Adult Tutor Program, and renewed literacy programs such as Storytime!


To donate to the campaign or for more information, please contact Kerry Milner Cairns, literacy outreach coordinator, Clearwater and area at 250-674-3530.