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VCLA holds Literacy Mile this weekend in Kentville

<p>With piper Ed Coleman leading the way, about 200 people walked the Literacy Mile in Kentville May 11. – Kirk Starratt, <a href="http://www.kingscountynews.ca">www.kingscountynews.ca</a></p>
<p>With piper Ed Coleman leading the way, about 200 people walked the Literacy Mile in Kentville May 11. – Kirk Starratt, <a href="http://www.kingscountynews.ca">www.kingscountynews.ca</a></p>

Sidewalk chalk artists, barbecuers and live music will be out on the streets of Kentville on May 13.

That’s when the Valley Community Learning Association (VCLA) is hosting its 13th annual fund raising event, the Literacy Mile from 1 – 3 p.m. at the Learning Centre at 49 Cornwallis Street.
The Literacy Mile is an opportunity to raise awareness of and support for the literacy needs of Annapolis Valley residents because as VCLA director Peter Gillis points out a great deal of the group’s work is accomplished quietly one-on-one.
The English as a Second Language program matched newcomers to Canada with tutors again this year and the Adult Learning Program and GED courses are well subscribed.
Beginning in Kings County in 1989 as the Kings County Learning Association, VCLA is having a major impact on the lives and futures of several hundred Valley residents annually. Improving literacy skills means they can keep their jobs, read to their children, study the Drivers Handbook to get a driver's license or just be able to read their own mail.
There will be a silent auction and activities for the whole family at the Literacy Mile. During the event the accomplishments of learners will be celebrated.
Pledge sheets for the walk portion of the afternoon are available at the office at 49 Cornwallis Street. Money raised from the Literacy Mile event will go towards the purchase of relevant materials and resources.
For further information call 678-5252 or 866-898-7323, or email vcla@eastlink.ca.

 

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