Shining a light on local literacy

By paNOW Staff
November 27, 2018 - 12:14pm

A trio of Christmas Trees at the Gateway Mall are slowly coming to light in the hopes they can add some sparkle to the promotion of reading in the community.

The P.A. Literacy Network's Shine A Light for Literacy fundraiser uses $2 donations from the public per light to dress the trees and help fund their efforts.

“We assist low literacy individuals in P.A. and area and also help with programming for family literacy events,” adult literacy coordinator, Samantha Kelly, told paNOW.

She added their story sack initiative is also popular.

“The story sacks are little carry-and-go kits with two books; a story and non-fiction book, and it has props, a puppet and games to help the children re-tell that story,” she said.

The various people who can take advantage of the network’s help include families with young children, and low literacy adults – Canadian born and newcomers – to improve their reading and English skills, according to Kelly.

The campaign is supported by Christmas Wonderland and Canadian Tire who donated the trees & lights.

 

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