In 27 cities across Canada on either September 19 or 20, volunteers in bright orange tee-shirts will be hawking newspapers for a donation to Raise-a-Reader. As their name suggests, R-a-R is about literacy, helping our kids to read.
The Raise-Reader website says “more than 40% of all Canadians have literacy skills below the level needed to succeed in today’s society and economy.” Without good readers we cannot have a strong economy or a strong democracy. I want our kids not only to learn to read, but also to read to learn, to question, to enquire and to understand.
On September 19 or 20, give generously to R-a-R. Or volunteer. Or both.