On Sept 8th, landmarks across BC lit up in purple to celebrate International Literacy Day. I felt thrilled. So many good things are happening to advance and raise the profile of literacy in BC.
In over 400 communities, local literacy programs are providing services and support to children and families, youth, adults, seniors, newcomers to Canada and Indigenous communities.
At the provincial level, things are very busy. Over the next few months, Decoda will:
- lend support to Raise-a-Reader Week – September 20th-27th
- host the Decoda Literacy Conference: Literacy for a Better BC from Nov 20th-22nd
- release Play and Learn Together: a Guide to Family Literacy in BC
- promote a new website for The Westcoast Reader
- work with partners across Canada on the Displaced Worker Project
It is with special thanks to CBC Vancouver that we are able to reach millions of people with the message that literacy is important to everyone.
Once again, CBC’s Dan Burritt, will host our 2019 Decoda Literacy Team Trivia Challenge.
All funds we raise throughout Literacy Month will support the Fostering Literacy program, which helps school-age children who struggle with reading. If you can, please show your support by making a donation today!
Our partner, Blue Sky Clothing Co., is once again donating one dollar for every pair of merino wool socks sold in any of its nine locations as part of its “Sock it to Literacy” campaign. All funds raised go to literacy programs in each store’s local community.
Finally, don’t forget to celebrate literacy and #PutOnYourPurple for our Literacy Month Photo Contest. We love seeing all of your photos!