Arctic Airlift for Literacy

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MagazineLiteracy.org, Comics for Heroes, and Reading with Pictures are celebrating International Literacy Day this year by joining forces to collect and get comics and magazines to Inuit schools and families north of the Arctic Circle in Canada. The “Arctic Airlift for Literacy” will get comics donated by consumers at participating comic book stores in the United States and magazines collected in Canada to schools for Inuit families in Kugluktuk, Taloyoak, Gjoa Haven, Kugaaruk, and Cambridge Bay, Canada. International Literacy Day is a global United Nations event held each year on September 8th. Comic shops can register now for comic collections at their stores through the end of October ­ Children’s Magazine Month.

 

The Inuit Population of the Canadian Arctic, totaling over 30,000, have inhabited their land for thousands of years, and, along with a very rich oral tradition, are very artistic. The official languages of the Inuit are Inuktitut, Inuinaqtunn, and English. The comics and magazines were requested by school leaders to promote literacy for young people in remote regions, where it is difficult to acquire reading materials.

 

Comic shops, individuals and businesses can join and support the Arctic Airlift for Literacy at:

http://comicsforheroes.org/airlift and http://magazineliteracy.org/airlift

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For more information or inquiries, please contact:

MagazineLiteracy.org – John Mennell jem@magazineliteracy.org
Comics For Heroes – Brian Willis comicsforheroes@gmail.com
Reading With Pictures – Josh Elder  joshelder@readingwithpictures.org

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