(Above, from left) Creston Mayor Ron Toyota, Coun. Jen Comer and volunteer Signe Miller, and (below, from left) Eileen Delman and Couns. Kevin Boehmer and Jim Elford at the Canyon Street Walkthrough during today's Reach a Reader event.

(Above, from left) Creston Mayor Ron Toyota, Coun. Jen Comer and volunteer Signe Miller, and (below, from left) Eileen Delman and Couns. Kevin Boehmer and Jim Elford at the Canyon Street Walkthrough during today's Reach a Reader event.

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

Funds donated during Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy-Black Press event allows continuation of young children's literacy program...

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.”

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