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Raise a Reader

Raise a Reader Day Fundraiser

Raise a Reader Day is held every year in September.  There are two events in Clearwater to raise funds for local literacy projects.  In the morning we run a newspaper campaign.  Volunteers in bright orange shirts stand outside of local businesses and ask the public to trade a special Raise a Reader edition of a newspaper for a donation towards literacy.  The volunteers are representatives of local organizations that are passionate about literacy in the community.

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In the evening, an Adult Team Spelling Bee is held in partnership with Clearwater Secondary School.  Teams of four compete to win the coveted Team Spelling Bee Champion Trophy.  Local businesses, service groups, book clubs and members of the public register teams in the event.  You can also participate in the event by purchasing a “bye" word for the team of your choice or just coming out to watch.  Spectator entry is by donation.  There are door prizes for participants as well as a refreshment table.  Please call 250 674-3530 if you are interested in sponsoring a team or you would like to register a team in the next event.

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Winning team of the Raise A Reader Adult Spelling Bee 2019              




All donations collected on Raise a Reader Day are matched in whole, or in part, by various national and local sponsors as well as the Provincial government.  All funds raised will go directly back into the community to support literacy initiatives.  In the past few years Clearwater has received grants for Parent-Child Mother Goose, the Adult Tutor Program and a Literacy Outreach Program for Pre-School Children.  Your support of this event will help to ensure the continuation of literacy programs in our community.  Donations for Raise a Reader Day or other literacy projects in our community are accepted throughout the year.