Cassandra Parnell at the North Coast Literacy Now 2015 event.

Cassandra Parnell at the North Coast Literacy Now 2015 event.

North Coast Literacy Now returns for annual event

North Coast Literacy Now prepares to host its seventh annual 'Celebrating Literacy' event on Saturday, March 12

North Coast Literacy Now, a partnership of educational, First Nations and child care groups from the area, is back for its seventh annual ‘Celebrating Literacy’ event, to be held at Rupert Square Mall this coming Saturday, March 12 from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

The yearly event brings together children of all ages and adults in a showcase of community organizations supporting literacy and learning.

Free books and activities relating to literacy are provided by the Prince Rupert Rotary Club, Success by 6 and the Early Years Group Children First grant.

Similar to last year, performances will highlight both floors of the mall, along with balloons, games and door prizes, which over 20 community organizations will be providing. The grand door prize will be a Kobo e-Reader.

At 11:15 a.m., the Prince Rupert Middle School cultural drummers will perform their routine, starting on the upper level of the mall and at 1 p.m. Lion Dancers will weave their way through the mall’s corridors, starting on the main level.

“Literacy helps us make sense of our world and make important decisions about our lives and our communities. All of the organizations involved in the celebration – and many others who aren’t able to attend – help all of us become stronger and healthier people,” said North Coast Literacy Now coordinator Elizabeth Wilson.