Its Raise-a-Reader season!
Raise-a-Reader is Literacy Alberni's biggest fundraiser of the year.
Working with The Alberni Valley News, we solicit donations from the community to help raise the funds we use to deliver our wide range of services from the beloved Little Free Libraries you see around town, to our Immigration and Refugee services, iPad Classes and Computer Tutoring for seniors, our Klitsa Tutoring Subsidy Program, Family Literacy Day, and Books 2 Kids - Where we get no less than 2 new books per elementary school aged child in the Alberni Clayoquot Regional District. Because The The Alberni Valley News covers administration costs, all money donated, 100 per cent, goes back into our community to raise a generation of readers and leaders.
Why should you donate to literacy and learning programs in our community?
Each dollar donated is matched by the Provincial Government
A $25 donation will provide 15 new books to children in need in our community
A $30 donation will provide a week's worth of tutoring to a child in need.
Illiteracy rate: 41% of Alberni Valley residents are lacking adequate literacy skills. Those with low literacy levels may struggle with daily tasks including grocery shopping, reading a prescription, applying for jobs, and helping children with homework.
Adults with High School Certificate: Alberni has a lower percent of population aged 25 to 64 with high school certificate or equivalent (81.8%) than BC (89.9%) and Island Health (90.3%).
Adults with Post-Secondary Education: Alberni has a lower percent of the population aged 25 to 64 with post-secondary education (52.4%) than BC (64.8) and Island Health (64.8%).
Completion of English Exam: A lower percentage of Grade 10 students in Alberni completed the Provincial English Exam (74.3%) than in BC (83.1%) or Island Health (80.5%).
Unemployment Rate: Alberni had a higher unemployment rate (10.0%) than BC (7.8%) or Island Health (7.4%).