Support the Reach-A-Reader campaign– your donations make a difference

On Oct. 9 you can buy the Grand Forks Gazette from a volunteer on the street.

Grand Forks city councillors Cher Wyers and Bob Kendel

On Oct. 9 buy the Grand Forks Gazette from a volunteer on the street.

The Gazette will be sold outside of the newspaper office at 7255 Riverside Drive and Overwaitea, with your donation going directly to a literacy program in the Grand Forks region.

Join the Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy and Black Press to promote, celebrate and support literacy initiatives in the region.

The Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy (CBAL) is the Columbia Basin and Boundary region not-for-profit literacy organization. Their vision is that local communities across the Columbia Basin and Boundary region will be healthy, inclusive, and committed to literacy and learning as lifelong and life-wide activities.

CBAL works closely with libraries, schools, colleges and other community partners in your community to offer a variety of paths to learning.

Schools and colleges provide formal learning opportunities that follow a curriculum and result in formal recognition of learning by awarding diplomas or degrees.

Both CBAL community based programming and college continuing education courses provide opportunities to learn in non-formal ways.

That is, although there are recognized learning outcomes, the learning process is generally more relaxed and does not result in a diploma or degree.

A silver smith course at the local college or a senior’s computer program offered by CBAL are both examples of non-formal learning.

CBAL’s informal learning programs provide experiential learning opportunities and are designed to be responsive to the needs of those who participate.

They do not result in formal credits and are led by someone who is acting as a facilitator of learning.

These kinds of programs include Autobiographical Writing, Making Connections: Learning and Reading Partners, ESL conversation groups, and various parent and child early learning programs.

CBAL’s staff recognize the uniqueness of each community they serve and offer non-formal and informal literacy and learning programs to meet specific, local needs.

The staff helps adults develop the functional skills in reading, writing, numeracy, English language, essential workplace skills and computer skills they need to be successful lifelong learners.

They also help families with resources and information about how to support the learning development of their children beginning at birth. Improved skills increase confidence and participation in the economic, political and cultural life of the community.

You can make a difference in Grand Forks. Participate in the Reach a Reader campaign by purchasing a paper on Oct. 9, volunteering to sell papers, or simply spreading the word as a campaign champion.

To get involved, contact the Grand Forks Gazette at advertising@grandforksgazette.ca.

For more information, visit www.cbal.org or call 1.250.342.3210 ext. 8.

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