Donate Many individuals realize the importance of promoting literacy within Nova Scotia. If you want to help us provide individual learners with the means to overcome their barriers to participation in an appropriate course of study, we gladly accept financial donations. Donations will also be used to reach to out to learners who are isolated or living in rural areas where few or no educational services are available. The Social Justice Committee from St. James United Church in Antigonish has created the Antigonish Gift Book Project. Individuals can make a donation to ACALA and receive a tax receipt. We have a Charitable Tax Number. Karen Case, a board member, has worked with other board volunteers to launch our Annual Fit-4-Lit Walk/Run. Proceeds from this event, enable us to provide adult upgrading, family learning and English as a Second Language programs throughout the summer. The Fit-4-Lit Walk/Run is now an annual fundraiser which will take place in early spring every year. Why your donation is so important The Atlantic Ministers of Education and Training 2009 regional plan Literacy: Key to Learning and Path to Prosperity – An Action Plan for Atlantic Canada 2009-2014 addresses literacy rates in Atlantic Canada. Studies clearly make the link between literacy levels and individual, societal and economic prosperity. Raising literacy levels is therefore imperative to ensure the future prospects of the Atlantic region and its citizens. In doing so, the region must strive for excellence not only in its preparation of young children and education of school-age children, but also in providing relevant, diverse learning opportunities for adults Literacy is not a static skill set. Societal changes impact the level of literacy skills required by individuals. Literacy skills are developed throughout a lifetime, a continuum of learning , from early childhood, through public education to adulthood. Development of these skills should be seen as a natural function of lifelong learning. In adulthood, weak literacy skills can have a profound impact on people’s lives. Individuals’ asset to the challenges they face: parents unable to read to their children; adults struggling to read and understand instructions on prescription labels; workers finding it difficult to adapt to change because they have difficulty reading instruction manuals or health and safety instructions. Too many people face these challenges on a day-to-day basis.