Champions of Literacy nomination deadline Aug. 31

Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy will be celebrating the second annual Champions of Literacy on Sept. 7. You’re invited to nominate an individual, service group, organization or business in the Boundary who demonstrates a commitment to local literacy.

Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy will be celebrating the second annual Champions of Literacy on Sept. 7.

You’re invited to nominate an individual, service group, organization or business in the Boundary who demonstrates a commitment to local literacy.

To give you an example of champions of literacy, here are some stories of last year’s winners.

Sandy Podmoroff is a mom of three boys, who lives in Grand Forks.

From the time the boys were little, she has read to them every night and sometimes through the day.

She takes the boys to Strong Start, the library preschool story time and Mother Goose programs everywhere in town.

Jim Popoff was a former editor of ISKRA, a magazine focusing on Doukhobor culture. He is currently the publisher of The Birches Publishing Company.  He has also been instrumental in Russian to English translation.

Bev Henke has been running the One-to-One reading program at Greenwood Elementary School since the program was initiated about 10 years ago.

She coordinates the volunteer readers, works closely with the teachers, and when needed, reads with the children four days a week.

Her dedication to helping struggling readers to improve their skills is amazing.

The Boundary Family and Individual Services Society, under the leadership of its Executive Director Leda Leander, has entered into numerous collaborative ventures to ensure that children and their parents have opportunities to overcome a variety of challenges that affect literacy levels throughout the Boundary area.

If you know an individual or an organization that has made a significant contribution to literacy in Grand Forks and Boundary area, pick up at form at: Grand Forks Public Library, Greenwood Public Library, Midway Public Library or the Grand Forks Gazette office.

Or you can email your submission to Sheila Dobie at sdobie@cbal.org. Deadline for nomination is Aug. 31.

– Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy