Be a lifelong learner

Note: Due to a lack of volunteers, the papers will be sold by donation at the 100 Mile Free Press office.

  • Jan. 19, 2017 2:00 p.m.

Note: Due to a lack of volunteers, the papers will be sold by donation at the 100 Mile Free Press office.

By Melody Newcombe

On the morning of Jan. 26 volunteers will be selling the 100 Mile House Free Press newspapers by donation at Tim Hortons from 7:30 to 9 a.m.

What better way to start your day than with Tim’s coffee and a Free Press newspaper?

Reach A Reader Day (RAR) is a fundraising activity for Cariboo Chilcotin Partners for Literacy (CCPL).

So what does literacy mean to you?

CCPL defines literacy as “the complex set of skills necessary for daily life, employment, citizenship and personal enjoyment of our modern and diverse society influenced by lifelong learning, changing needs, skills use or retention, and health.”

With the goal of promoting lifelong learning, CCPL offers free programs to assist learners of all ages. The Books for Babies program gives new mothers a bag of books to read to their babies when they leave the hospital.

For emergent readers, the Bright Red Bookshelves have been placed around 100 Mile House. Folks are welcome to take a book home to enjoy with a child or leave books for others to enjoy.

Computer literacy group tutoring sessions are held every Monday at the CCPL meeting room at #001-475 Birch Ave. (basement entry).

Counselling and classes are available for those interested in improving their financial literacy.

One-on-one volunteer tutoring programs are available for anyone who would like to improve his or her communication literacy – reading, writing and speaking.

If you would like more information about CCPL’s programs, services or volunteer opportunities, please contact Mel at 250-945-4199.

RAR has been raising funds annually in 100 Mile House for the past 8 years.

The community support is always appreciated, especially by the participants of the CCPL programs. Many thanks go to the Free Press and Tim Hortons for always being so supportive of the Literacy programs in our community.

Melody Newcombe is a CCPL operation support worker.