ACALA Gets Set for the Great Ducky Race

By Submitted
First published on July 6th 2017

The Antigonish County Adult Learning Association (ACALA) is a community, not-for-profit organization providing learning opportunities to adults and families in the Antigonish area. Guided by the belief that everyone is a lifelong learner, ACALA offers programs and services such as: – Academic upgrading and GED Preparation

– English as an Additional Language

– Workforce/Employability

— Level 4 English, Math, Global Studies, Digital Technology (via NSCC)

– Family Literacy, Seniors Literacy, Media Literacy (video production) – Tutoring – subject specific

ACALA and other community based literacy organizations, adult high schools and community colleges are part of the Nova Scotia School of Adult Learning. Core upgrading programs and workforce programs are funded by the Provincial and Federal Governments and supplemented by grants from both local Municipalities from September to June. ACALA also provides community learners with a variety of special outreach programs and summer programs that require funding in addition to what is provided by government funding. In order to fund these special programs, it is necessary for staff, volunteers and the ACALA Board of Directors to organize and manage significant fundraising initiatives.

This year, ACALA has opted to take a break from the Fit4Lit run and is undertaking some new fundraising initiatives. A Ducky Race and Family Games Day will take place on Sunday July 16 (rain date July 23) from 1pm-4pm in Chisholm Park. Participants can purchase a numbered rubber duck, which will be let loose in the river come race day. The first three ducks to reach the end will be the winners! First prize consists of a patio set worth $1000, second prize is a camping package worth $500, and third prize is a lawn & garden package worth $250. In addition to the Duck Race, a variety of entertainment and family games will add to the fun. Ducks (tickets) can be purchased from ACALA Board members or at the ACALA office located in the People’s Place Library.

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All funds raised during this event will help the community by allowing ACALA to provide various programs for learners over the summer months. The summer program will start on July 10 and run until the beginning of September. Next week ACALA staff will assess the individual learning needs of both high school and adult learners who need to prepare for school in the fall. They will then run programs staffed by instructors and trained volunteers which will include subject specific preparation for high school students, English as an Additional Language for newcomers, and academic upgrading and GED Prep for adults. To date, 20 learners have already expressed an interest and enrolled. Many of these learners believe that if they take a break for two months, they will lose momentum, or, in the case of the EAL learners, they will lose their ability to speak, read, write and understand English. Others have already been accepted into community college and university for September, but they need to update and refresh their skills.

Volunteers are an important part of ACALA’s structure and are needed both for the event and with ACALA programs. For more information about volunteering, purchasing tickets, or supporting the event, please contact ACALA by phone at (902) 863-3060 by email at or visit ACALA on Facebook.

Stay tuned for details about another upcoming ACALA fundraiser- a cookbook featuring recipes for success and a variety of delicious foods!



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