Bright Red Bookshelf filled by Reach A Reader

100 Mile House residents and business join the battle against literacy challenges

Amy Rochon

Amy Rochon

Reach A Reader 2013 was a huge success with volunteers selling 100 Mile House Free Press newspapers for a donation, as a fundraiser for the Cariboo Chilcotin Partners for Literacy (CCPL) in 100 Mile on Jan. 23.

Newspapers were sold at Tim Hortons, Safeway and Cariboo Mall, the 100 Mile District General Hospital, Save-On-Foods, District of 100 Mile House office, CIBC, the Cariboo Family Enrichment Centre and several businesses along Birch Avenue.

Reach A Reader Day is one of CCPL’s major fundraising activities, and we raised $953 in a few short hours. Volunteers said everyone was very generous.

With the money raised by selling the Free Press newspapers, CCPL will purchase books for the Bright Red Bookshelf. The fundraiser is also about raising awareness of literacy issues in the Cariboo.

Many people in our community struggle with reading and math. Our goal is to let everyone know there is help in the community.

CCPL thanks all the volunteers who came out on a fairly cold morning to sell the newspapers, all the businesses in town that helped make this happen and to the Free Press for its continued support and giving us the newspapers to sell.

The volunteers said it was a lot of fun selling the Free Press and many have already volunteered to help sell newspapers in 2014. Thanks go to everyone who made this possible by buying a newspaper.

If you would like help to improve your literacy skills, please call this writer at 250-945-4199 or send an e-mail to

Melody Newcombe is an operations support worker for the CCPL.