Reach A Reader raises over $570 for Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy in Creston

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  • Oct. 8, 2015 9:00 a.m.

Donations totalled nearly $575 in this year’s Reach A Reader campaign, a joint effort between Black Press and the Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy (CBAL) to raise funds for local literacy programs.

The $573.10 raised this year will help CBAL to fully fund a program that helps babies and young children develop language and listening skills.

“It’s going to allow us to have a full three sessions of Baby Goose,” said Joan Hedstrom, CBAL’s Creston community literacy co-ordinator. “That was our primary concern.”

Volunteers spent four hours, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m., at the Canyon Street Walkthrough and at Overwaitea Foods giving out today’s issue of the Advance in exchange for a donation to the Creston branch of the literacy organization.

Hedstrom spent the entire time at the Overwaitea table, which allowed her to connect directly with the community, a big benefit to the program.

“It was a really good experience for me because I got more of the tutors I need, and people are more familiar with the program now,” she said.

This was the fifth annual Reach A Reader, which has raised $4,069 for CBAL programs since its inception in 2011.

“We’re happy to see that this partnership continues to be a success,” said Advance editor Brian Lawrence. “It’s certainly a testament to the generosity of everyone in the Creston Valley, from donors to volunteers.”