Support literacy

“We shouldn’t teach great books; we should teach a love of reading.” — B. F. Skinner.

“We shouldn’t teach great books; we should teach a love of reading.” — B. F. Skinner.

Welcome to the 10th annual Reach a Reader edition of the Tribune that highlights the importance of literacy.

Reading is not limited to books and newspapers, but is a necessary skill in which we all need to survive in today’s world.

Many of us take reading for granted, as it is just part our daily lives. But for others, simply reading a street sign is impossible.

Every part of our daily lives involves reading, from labels on cereal boxes to labels on prescription bottles.

Reading also teaches us about the world, ourselves, and others. It helps us make informed decisions in our day-to-day lives and shapes who our children become.

It fires our imaginations and inspires us.

Most importantly, reading is an essential aspect to modern life.

It’s never too late — or too early — to learn how to read. In fact, studies show that children who are introduced to literacy skills at an early age will do better in school, and therefore will have better opportunities in life.

Unfortunately, there are those who can’t read, but there is help available here in Williams Lake.

If you know someone who is missing out on the joys of reading, please help him or her to remember it is nothing to be ashamed of and that there is help available.

If you purchased this copy of the Tribune on the street from a volunteer as part of the Reach-a-Reader campaign, your donation goes to Cariboo Chilcotin Partners for Literacy to help raise literacy awareness and to help support a number of literacy programs.

Thank you for your donation.

And thanks to CCPL and its volunteers for the valuable work they do.