Newspaper Helps Literacy Society Raise North Okangan Readers – Lake Country Calendar
What is black and white and read everything?
If you read correctly, you might have guessed correctly: a journal.
With reading being an essential skill for anyone who picks up the newspaper or clicks online, The Morning Star has partnered with the Literacy Society of the North Okanagan to be part of the Postmedia Raise-a-Reader campaign.
Until October 15, community members can show their support by making a donation to the Literacy Society, which through the campaign is completed with help from the Province of British Columbia and Decoda Literacy Solutions , thus allowing the gift to go further.
“We are very grateful for this opportunity to partner with the Vernon Morning Star to support the little learners in our community,” said Executive Director Wendy Aasen. “With our loyal volunteers and partner organizations, campaign donations allow us to offer programs that encourage reading from an early age. “
One of these programs is the Reading Together program. Volunteers read with young students at their school every week to build confidence and nurture their love of reading.
“It’s such a joy to see them transform as their skills and confidence grow,” said Robyn Thurston, who volunteered for several years before taking on the role of Coordinator this year.
The company also provides thousands of books through its Books for Babies and Kindies program in partnership with the Vernon Health Unit. Each child receives a high-quality book to take home after their vaccination.
After-school programs and parenting supports are also planned to reinforce the fact that while reading and math are important skills, the learning process can be fun.
Community members who are interested in volunteering in one of the company’s reading programs can find an online application form, email [email protected], or call the office at 250-275-3117.