You won’t be seeing volunteers gathering donations throughout town for this year’s Postmedia Raise a Reader, but those who wish to donate can still do so on Wednesday, Sept. 22, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. outside Buy-Low Foods during the newspaper campaign.
Donations can also be made by scanning a QR code that will be posted at local businesses around Clearwater or by reaching out to Denica Kelly, Clearwater and area early years service provider at Yellowhead Community Services, at email@example.com.
There is also a portal on canadahelps.org where people can donate to the Raise a Reader campaign in their community.
Donations will be accept after the events as well.
Later that evening, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., the annual adult spelling bee will be held at the Dutch Lake Community Centre in the gymnasium.
Due to COVID-19 protocols, including the implementation of the vaccine passport, all those attending will need to show proof of at least their first vaccination and wear a mask.
As it is an indoor event, there is a limit of 50 people.
As in previous years, teams are made up of four people and the entire team helps to spell out their words. Spell correctly and your team moves forward — but miss a letter and you lose a balloon!
Those wishing to participate can register by calling YCS at the DLCC at (250) 674-3530.
Raise a Reader Day raises money to support literacy in the area. Funds raised will go towards supporting programs such as: parent-child mother goose; youth and adult tutoring; ESL tutoring; one-to-one reading; library books for school children; robotics; Bright Red Bookshelves; Lego workshops; Blue River playgroup; garden boxes at Raft River Elementary and many others.