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CINDY DAY: We take some things for granted. Literacy is one

Reading takes you places you may never get the chance to visit.
Reading takes you places you may never get the chance to visit. - 123RF Stock Photo

In a few days I will have the pleasure of hosting a wonderful gala event – a fundraiser for Adult Literacy. Now there’s something many of us take for granted.

I love to read. I learned to read in a wooden trough in the barn. At milking time, Mom would bundle my sister and me up, pack a few books, and off we went to the barn. One of Mom’s many chores was to feed the little calves. While she waited for Dad to milk the cows, Mom would read to us. When the milk was ready she’d put down the book and feed the hungry babies – it probably only took a few minutes, but it seemed like an eternity. I couldn’t wait for Mom to come back – I couldn’t wait to learn to read!

Reading took me places I knew I would never get the chance to visit; it introduced me to people I would never meet.

Imagine not being able to read or properly comprehend instructions, recipes, greeting cards, etc. Today, most people can read but it’s not always enough.

By definition, literacy means the ability to read and write, but it’s much more than that. It is the ability to access, understand, and use information.

For many of us it’s something we don’t every think about. It’s like walking and talking – something you do. But that’s not the case for everyone in Canada.

Since 1992, Literacy Nova Scotia (LNS) has been supporting the literacy community by working to ensure all Nova Scotians have equal access to quality literacy, essential skills, and lifelong learning opportunities.

Until Sunday, you can help them continue their great work. They are conducting a 50/50 draw. It’s an online draw. Tickets are available until Sunday and they are only $10 each. The winner gets half, the other half will go to community learning programs to support their learners. The people who attend learning programs are generally underemployed with low incomes. They use these funds for all the extras like experiential learning, closing celebrations, learning supplies, transportation, etc.

The winning ticket will be drawn at the NSPGI for Literacy Gala Dinner and Auction at the Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel on Tuesday, April 30 at 7 p.m. with a live Facebook broadcast.

There are wonderful people who work tirelessly in many communities across the province to ensure adult learners have access to the services and the support they need to achieve their goals.

We go through life assuming everyone has access to quality learning, essential skills, and lifelong learning opportunities. It’s time we stop assuming and start doing …

Thank you for reading the newspaper every day. To ensure that everyone can, please make a donation and start a conversation about literacy.

Cindy Day is the chief meteorologist for SaltWire Network.

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