Golden’s Reach a Reader funds One-to-One

On Wednesday Oct. 10, buy a copy of the Golden Star and help support literacy programs right here in Golden.

On Wednesday Oct. 10, buy a copy of the Golden Star and help support literacy programs right here in Golden.

This is the second year that Black Press and the Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy have partnered on the Reach a Reader campaign.

Newspapers will be on sale by donation that day, with all the proceeds staying right here in the community for CBAL programs.

“Last year the funds were allocated to the One-To-One Children’s Reading Program, and we’ll probably do the same again,” said Monica De, Golden community literacy co-ordinator.

The One-To-One program helps children in Grades 1 to 6 improve their reading skills by working one-on-one with volunteer tutors. Volunteers get trained, and are then asked to donate an hour and a half of their time a week.

“It only takes one hour a week to make a great impact on these kids,” said De. ‘It helps to improve their fluency, word recognition, comprehension, especially confidence, and an enjoyment of reading. Parents always write on feedback forms that they see their child reading more at home.”

Last year the program helped around 75 children from Nicholson Elementary, Alexander Park Elementary, and Lady Grey Elementary. The program has several volunteers, but is always looking for more. If you are interested you can contact De at 250-439-9665, or contact the schools directly. There is a training session for new volunteers on Oct. 11.

Although the Reach a Reader funds will be mainly used for the One-to-One reading, CBAL has several other literacy programs that focus on adults, children, parents, and even babies.

“We’ve got a Books for Babies program, so every new parent in the community gets a bag with a book and some information about how important it is to read with their kids right from the start,” said De.

“There’s also a Strong Start program. It’s for parents of children ages three to five. And basically it’s an opportunity for parents to discuss how their children learn, and how they can help them with their skills at home.”

There are a few after school homework help programs, including one for high school students at the new Youth Centre. They offer PALS (parents as literacy supporters), which brings parents into the classroom, where the teachers explain what their kids are doing and how they can support them at home.

There are adult literacy programs, including a Job Readiness Program. CBAL has a new office, located next to the Work BC office. This allows them to work more closely with adult learners.

“We’ve also partnered with the Women’s Centre, and we’re offering a Writing out Loud program, it’s kind of a journaling program,” said De. “We did it last year and it was very successful, so we’re going to do it again.”

De will be having a Grand Opening of the new office on Oct. 10. So after you buy your newspaper go check out the new space on 9th Avenue North, and enter to win some prizes.

Go to www.cbal.org/golden to learn more about the many literacy programs offered in the community.