The lucky winners of the two $100 gift certificates to Overwaitea and Sobey’s hold up their prize. Kathlene Hadford (left) and her three children Alaina

Gift certificate winners announced for the CBAL contest

Two lucky winners have each gone home with a $100 gift certificate for groceries in Golden.

Two lucky winners have each gone home with a $100 gift certificate for groceries in Golden.

Kathlene Hadford ($100 gift certificate from Sobey’s), and Jair Stolz ($100 gift certificate from Overwaitea) were the winners of the Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy (CBAL) contest.

“It was a way to promote the programs that we offer, the new space that’s here, and just literacy in general,” said Monica De, community literacy co-ordinator for CBAL.

De sent out newsletters in the mail about a month ago, offering this information. The newsletters also provided people with the opportunity to enter into two different contests.

“So there was a trivia contest, and if people emailed the answers to the trivia questions they were entered in a draw,” said De.

“The other draw was for people who wanted to volunteer or register for one of the programs.”

The trivia questions dealt with literacy in Canada, and revealed the following five facts:

The term literacy includes reading, writing, math, speaking and thinking, children learn the most from birth to age five, the average child starts reading at age seven, 82 per cent of Golden high school students graduated in 2011, and 48 per cent of Canadian adults have low literacy rates.

“I’m happy with the number of people who participated in the contest,” said De.

“Other people who didn’t enter said that they read the newsletter, so it’s good that the message was getting out there.”

De also wanted to give a special thank you to both Overwaitea and Sobey’s for donating half the value of the gift certificates.