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Second Walk-a-Mile for Literacy is Setpember 19

Submitted by on 1, August 27, 2009 – 5:45 amNo Comment

walkamileAlameda Reads, the Alameda Free Library’s adult literacy program, is hosting its second annual Walk-A-Mile for Literacy from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, September 19. The registration is $10 in advance, $15 on the day of the event, and $5 for kids.

The purpose of the event is to “walk a mile” in the shoes of an adult with limited literacy skills – and to raise funds for the program. The walk, which will start at the main library at 1550 Oak Street and continue up Park, where businesses will have “literacy awareness stations” that showcase the different challenges adults with limited reading skills face as they try to get through the day.

Participants can also get sponsors (sponsorship forms are available on the Alameda Reads website, linked above). Some 30 million adult Americans have limited literacy skills.

Last year the event drew more than 150 participants, and the city’s interim literacy coordinator, Mike Irvine, said he hopes to draw more to this year’s. Participants get T-shirts and refreshments and are entered into a raffle with the chance to win prizes.

More information is available on the Alameda Reads website or by calling them, at 865-2454. (And hey – if you’re interested, the site has information on how to become a volunteer tutor, too.)

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