Reach a Reader program benefits Greater Trail

By making a donation to the Reach a Reader campaign, you are supporting literacy programs in our community.

Black Press and the Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy are collecting donations for the 3rd Annual Reach a Reader!  By making a donation to this campaign, you are supporting literacy programs in your community.  Thank you for making the difference.

The Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy (CBAL) is the Columbia Basin and Boundary region not-for-profit literacy organization.  CBAL programs support seniors, adults, families, youth and children of all ages improve English, reading, writing, numeracy, computer and workplace skills.

In Greater Trail family literacy programs aim to provide parents and caregivers with the skills needed to support their children’s literacy development.  One of our family programs is Back to School with Baby.  This program offers parents the opportunity to upgrade and take Adult Basic Education (ABE) courses with an instructor while their children are being cared for on-site by a nurturing caregiver.  The program is of great benefit to many families. It gives them an opportunity to connect with other parents and free child-minding.  This program is offered at Selkirk College on Wednesdays from 11:30 am – 2:30 pm and is a joint partnership with Selkirk College.

As well, CBAL offers a number of adult literacy programs that provide adult learners with the tools and skills needed to be successful in the modern world.  Adult Basic Computer classes will be offered in November at Glenmerry Elementary School.

Register today to attend these free classes.  Additional support is offered at the Community Learning Place at Selkirk College every Friday from 9 to noon.

If you would like one to one help using a computer and would like to start today join us at the Community Learning Place.   This program is offered in partnership with Selkirk College.

Are you interested in attending a literacy program in your community? To learn more about our programs, please visit or contact Sonia Tavares, Community Literacy Coordinator- Greater Trail at or 250.921.7289.

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