‘Read all about it, literacy fundraiser set for tomorrow’
SUMMERSIDE — Raise-a-Reader Day is nearly here.
The event is held each year in Canada to raise money for literacy programs, and will take place this year on Wednesday, Sept. 25.
Tomorrow, in Prince Edward Island, employees of The Journal Pioneer and The Guardian, along with many local officials and personalities, will be out early in the morning hawking newspapers.
Postmedia Raise-a-Reader is a national campaign that promotes reading to children at an early age, setting the groundwork for a lifetime of literacy skills and a healthy interest in reading.
A parent is a child’s first teacher, yet many families do not have access to books.
The objectives of the Raise-a-Reader campaign are to encourage families to read together and to raise funds and resources for family literacy programs and organizations.
Journal Pioneer publisher Sandy Rundle says the newspaper is proud to continue its support of a worthwhile project like the Raise-a-Reader campaign.
“All the money will stay right here in P.E.I.,” said Rundle.
Catherine O’Bryan, executive director of the P.E.I. Literacy Alliance, is always an enthusiastic participant in Raisea-Reader Day. She said the day helps remind Islanders of the value of literacy in everyday life.
“It shows that a small contribution can make a big difference in the lives of children,” she said. “It supports valuable family literacy programs in P.E.I. It raises awareness of the importance of literacy at home, at work and in the community.”
More than 40 per cent of adult Canadians surveyed struggle with basic reading skills.
“The ability to read is so important to everyday life,” said Rundle. “As a community-based newspaper we need to do what we can to help those learning to read clear any hurdles they may face.”
O’Bryan says literacy is a struggle for almost half the population and Islanders can help put a dent in that challenge.
In western P.E.I., Postmedia Raise-a-Reader Day volunteers will be at many coffee shop locations in the greater Summerside area, including Kensington and Borden-Carleton.
Volunteers will also be in Alberton, Tignish and O’Leary Corner.
In eastern P.E.I., volunteers will be in the greater Charlottetown area, including Cornwall and Stratford and will also be found in Souris and Montague.